Gardening is a good exercise for the seniors. Do you know why? It is so because of the advantages they get from this exercise which are enormous. Mindfulness is very important for people when they become old. Making elders feel good will enhance physical and mental strength. And that is possible through gardening which helps greatly to enhance the quality of life for these elders. When working in a garden, the fragrances and colors around them will boost their cognitive senses and bring back to the fore their past memories as well. Also all senses will get stimulated through the gardening process. Here is an article which I recently read that talks about this. The author beautifully describes how important gardening is for seniors.
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“What comes to mind first when we think of physical benefits of gardening? Fresh air? Reduced stress? Increased mobility? Those things are true, but you might be surprised by some of its other benefits. Horticulture therapy has been linked to increased bone density because of increased vitamin D absorption (due to time spent in the sun outdoors), improved sleep cycles, improvement in attention, reduction of chronic pain, and reduction of falls. That last one is particularly important given the number of falls in the over-65 population.
As for psychological benefits, gardening and horticulture therapy have been linked to alleviating depression, decreasing anxiety, increasing a person’s sense of stability, and increasing sense of control. Dementia patients, in particular, showed decreased aggression with access to gardening. Programs have begun to show up in assisted living and long-term care facilities, but you can also reap the benefits of gardening therapy at home.
Gardening at Home
Here are a few tips to get the most out of gardening health benefits:
- The more senses engaged, the better. Colorful blooms, different scents, and a variety of textures create a good sensory experience that can help jog memories and reduce agitation.
- Use raised flower beds to avoid bending beyond the level of stability.
- Plant some herbs you can dry and use for cooking, crafts, or design projects.
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Gardening always make us curious. It starts when you sow a seed, plant or a sapling and lasts for a long time even after the harvesting is done. The curiosity and discovery it generates and the energy and interest for working in the garden enhances mental strength by raising self-esteem and confidence as well. Waiting to hear from you similar stories on benefits of gardening…