The work on the Veteran’s Farm (Full Episode: 308) embodies occupational therapy, a science-driven, holistic profession that helps people recover from a wide range of physical and mental challenges through the use of therapeutic activities (occupations). In this clip, we visit the gorgeous Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens to meet with Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, an occupational therapist whose practice focuses on the healing opportunities provided by nature.
Occupational therapy helps people of all ages participate in meaningful and purposeful activities that they want and need to do. In Amy’s practice she uses horticulture and farming as tools to address both physical and mental issues that people may be experiencing. Physically, this may involve eye-hand coordination, strengthening, and mobility; mentally, this may involve stress reduction and group work.
Setting occupational therapy sessions in a garden or on a farm nurtures the senses and the body and mind, while also contributing to the community by improving the health of the plants- it’s win-win!
Joe and Amy also discuss a few garden tools and how to modify them to make them easier for people with joint pain or limited mobility to use.