Apr 6, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
The famed author Rudyard Kipling once noted, "Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade." How right he was. Gardens are beautiful, but they take work to make them so. Thankfully, for most seniors, there is an advantage to both beauty and work.
This spring, Comfort Keepers homecare would like to encourage seniors to get out and garden. Just consider all the amazing advantages to enjoying this beloved past-time:
Gardening reduces stress. Whether it is the beauty of the outdoors, the peacefulness of nature, or simply the enjoyment of the gardening task, researchers have found that seniors who garden experience less stress and anxiety than those who do not.
Gardening is good exercise. The American Heart Association recommends that seniors get a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. Sadly, many seniors do not get anywhere near this amount of physical activity. One of the primary reasons for not exercising is a lack of interest. Gardening is so much more fun than walking around the block or peddling on a stationary bike. Plus, gardening works the muscles, gross and fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.
Gardening can be easily adjusted to meet senior needs. From raised flower beds to modified tools and implements, gardening can be enjoyed by seniors with a wide range of skill levels and physical or mental challenges. Seniors who need assistance gardening can also take advantage of a wide range of support from homecare providers.
Gardening is also a great way for seniors to experiment with a new hobby, get a healthy dose of vitamin D, and reduce the risk of dementia.
For more information about senior gardening or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers homecare can benefit your senior loved one, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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