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Accessible Gardens offer a wide variety of benefits to people of all ages—everything from overcoming personal physical challenges to simply providing new ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening. Here are some of those selected stories.

Gardening Helps Transform Lives

F Unit, the hospital's geriatric and long term care unit, has created a sensory garden that encourages movement and conversation as well as stimulating the senses of sight, touch, smell and sound. Clinicians also use the gardens to help organize activities and provide...

Soil is Good for the Soul

One of the many rewards for living through a winter in the Northeast is, spring. Almost overnight it seems buds appear on the trees and daffodils and crocuses poke through the earth. My heart cheers as they tenaciously push through a late snow and I am itching to get...

Senior Care in Westerly, Rhode Island

This phrase on the Web site of Westerly Health Center in Westerly, Rhode Island, speaks volumes: “Optimal well being not only depends on where you live, but how you live.” Director Susan Misto Hebert and activity director Gerry McVeigh, along with their dedicated...

New Gardens Bring Back the Past!

For many who had always had a garden in their younger years, the accessible, raised vegetable gardens recently installed at Morgan Health Centre brought back memories of working the soil and harvesting the fruits of their labor. For others, it provided an opportunity...

April showers bring ‘Accessible’ flowers

Within five minutes of speaking with 94-year-old Mike Cafone, anyone can discover where his passion lies. A resident of the Westerly Health Center, Mike counts the duties of tending the center's gardens as one of his main responsibilities and pleasures – weeding,...

La Rocque Garden

Like turning lemons into lemonade, Westerly resident Raymond LaRocque turned a career-ending injury into a new hobby and business enterprise. When a spinal cord injury took him out of sales and put him into a wheelchair five years ago, LaRocque took up gardening. A...