Gardening is a great hobby that benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health: all are important in the aging process. Additionally, gardening can be a great opportunity to not only assist your loved one, but also spend quality time with him/her.
Benefits of gardening to older adults
Promotes strength and mobility. Even light exercise has been shown to slow down the aging process.
Reduces stress and anxiety. Gardening can lower the cortisol levels—the hormone responsible for the stress response, which can lower blood pressure and glucose levels.
Helps with vitamin D intake. Sunlight is the body’s natural source of vitamin D, which promotes skeletal health and reduces risk of depression. Just don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen!
Benefits for dementia. By stimulating several of our senses, gardening can connect our aging loved ones with their present physical environment. It can bring a sense of peace and concentration to someone who may be restless or agitated, and provide a sense of purpose.
Easier Gardening for Seniors
Gardening can become difficult for older adults due to the squatting, kneeling, bending, weeding, and pruning that may be required with gardening. Luckily, there are ways in which your loved can still enjoy their hobby of gardening:
Use raised beds. This eliminates the strain of bending. Tall raised beds make gardening much easier on your back and joints.
Vertical gardening. Many fruits and vegetables grow well when trellised. Everything is within closer reach. Try this with cucumbers, squash, melons, beans, and other vegetables.
Kneeler stool. They have a thick foam pad that is comfortable for your knees. The handgrips make it easier to transfer from kneeling to standing, and you can flip the kneeler over to become a comfortable stool.
Ergonomic tools. Ergonomic pruners have comfortable handles and gears that can make cutting much easier. These are also easy on the hands to reduce arthritic pain.
Our caregivers help
with gardening tasks that might prove difficult or painful for your loved one. Our number one goal is to keep your loved one safe while helping to maintain independence so they can enjoy things they love, like gardening.
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