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34 - The Healing Power of Nature

from Part IV - Caring For Your Soul

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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Connection with nature offers physical and mental benefits throughout our life. Older individuals with access to nature have improved mental health and cognitive function, fewer physical complaints, and increased social interaction, all of which are key to our well-being. But four out of five Americans and over half of all people globally, live in urban areas with limited access to natural places. Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors, and many spend nearly half their day on screens working or consuming media. Individuals who are more connected to nature are happier and feel more vitality. Chapter details 16 evidence based health benefits of nature. Fewer complaints about pain and sleep. Nature connections reduce stress, agitation, anger and depression—therapeutic for people with mental health problems or Alzheimer Disease

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 235 - 238
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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