Benefits of Gardening for Senior Residents

Post Date July 13, 2015

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mnpartystore_gardening ideasGardening is a staple activity in assisted living communities, and is also very trendy! Many centers have garden committees made of residents that are dedicated to planning and maintaining a flower or vegetable/herb garden on the property. Garden committees like these and garden clubs are terrific ways for your seniors, even those with limited mobility, to get involved with an outdoorsy activity. Have your senior center join the trend!

 

Did you know that only 2.5 hours of gardening a week could reduce the risk for multiple senior health issues? These are just a few of the many healthy benefits:

  • Stress reliever
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Builds strength and endurance
  • Reduces social isolation
  • Increases energy
  • Makes you happy

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With all of the healthy rewards your residents can reap from gardening, start an indoor or outdoor garden at your center. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Container gardening is easier for seniors with more limited mobility
  • Container gardening is easier on the back
  • Container gardening can be done indoors or outdoors

 

  • Utilize raised beds for an outdoor garden
  • Allow for wide entrances and paths outdoors that are wheelchair-friendly
  • Plant veggies and flowers that grow on vines for outdoor gardens
  • Work on outdoor gardens early in the day to avoid excessive heat and risk of dehydration

 

  • Invest in inexpensive kneepads for more mobile senior residents
  • Long-handled tools provide better grip and leverage
  • Keep a stool handy for seniors who may need to rest frequently
  • Change up the daily gardening routine to work different muscles
  • Add accessories to floral gardens to add to their beautyMNPartyStore_FairyGarden

 

 

Get inspired from these gardening ideas and get you your senior residents involved in this fun and healthy activity.