Our different fields of activity

Among our creations is the therapeutic garden “ art, mémoire et vie” for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their entourage at the Hospital Center of Nancy. combines artistic aspects and cognitive neuropsychology in its therapeutic design. It combines the sensory, emotional and social memory aspects by deploying them through the expression of cultural invariants. In parallel with the creation of therapeutic gardens we also act in :

Since 2010 we have created a training under the aegis of the continuing education service of the University Hospital of Nancy: ‘Therapeutic gardens in Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases’ which takes place on a day, twice a year (support for continuing education). More than 100 participants have already attended from different regions, even from abroad (Belgium, Switzerland …). Since 2011, we have been participating in team meetings around therapeutic garden projects to provide assessment and advisory missions.
We are involved in several research projects on the theme of gardens and LAM, as part of the collaboration CMRR / UCC / Laboratoire Interpsy which received grants from the City of Nancy, the CUGN, the Alzheimer Association 54 , the Lorraine Region, the Lemarchand Foundation, the Mederic Alzheimer Foundation.

Our research projects

Orienting oneself in a therapeutic garden : which elements of the design make it possible to take the bearings of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease ?

  • Describe and compare the nature and frequency of the Paul Spillmann Center’s “art, memory and life” garden elements involved in guiding decisions and in the mental representation of this environment (cognitive map), between a group of subjects suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and a group of healthy control subjects.
  • Identify, through an analysis of interviews based on problem solving and interlocutory logic (Trognon and Batt, 2007, 2010, 2011) the characteristics of the garden elements “art, memory and life” that contributed to the decision making guidance and the formation of a mental representation of the garden, in subjects with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy elderly subjects.
  • To study the correlation between the degree of success in experimental tasks (path learning, cognitive map) and the standard and specific neuropsychological assessment (visuospatial skills) of subjects with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy control subjects.

Alzheimer’s disease and therapeutic garden

  • Circumscribe the virtues of psychological support of art and the garden on the cognitive and emotional processes by means of analyzes of interviews in subjects Alzheimer and subjects witnesses from the garden “art, memory and life”.
  • To adapt the eco-psychosocial approaches of care for Alzheimer patients and to create methods of evaluation of: the therapeutic effectiveness of the garden conception “art, memory and life”, and the perception of an artistic dimension in the living environment of people with AD.
  • Establish workshop applications using art and the garden for therapeutic purposes, and general recommendations for landscaping gardens.