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HORTICULTURAL THERAPY DELAYS IMMUNOSENESCENCE AND INFLAMMAGING IN OLDER ADULTS

      With the immense challenges population aging poses to healthcare, novel primary intervention to facilitate compression of morbidity is imperative. One of the prominent risk factors for developing dementia is immunological ageing or immunosenescence, characterized by increased chronic low-grade inflammation, resulting in T cell exhaustion and senescence. Contact with nature has been shown to boost immunity in the older adults and may be promoted in the form of Horticultural Therapy (HT). However, there is a scarcity of HT studies examining its effects on immunosenescence and inflammaging. Here, we report a randomized controlled trial with 59 older adults randomized into either the HT intervention or waitlist control group.
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