Apr 22, 2019 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
The perfect hobby for seniors would have to be an activity that is fun, carefree, and has a lot of benefits. As you grow older, some of your favorite hobbies and activities may require too much physical activity to remain enjoyable and stress-free. Gardening is the way of staying active all while being easy, fun and having a rewarding pursuit. Most importantly, seniors can benefit from all of that gardening has to offer.
Spending time outside does wonders for your physical and mental health. Just being under the sun for short periods of time can increase your intake of Vitamin D, which strengthens bones and encourages a healthy appetite. Seniors are at high risk of suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. Broken bones, bone pain, and inflammation can all occur by not having enough of this essential vitamin
The simple actions of digging, walking, planting, and watering supports and build on the use of basic motor skills, which can become more important as time goes on. Finding enjoyable and non-strenuous forms of exercise is a critical step in maintaining and improving the health of the elderly. Regular low-level exercise can lower the risk of heart disease, lower high blood pressure, and increase the quality of life overall.
An additional benefit to gardening would be to grow nutrient-rich produce to incorporate into your meals and snacks. Produce like tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lettuce can all be easily grown in a personal garden. Growing herbs and spices is a fun way to season your food and get creative in the kitchen. Having plants in your home filters the air, making it safer and easier to breathe.
Feeling stressed or anxious? Gardening might be the thing for you! Breathing in fresh air and enjoying nature are shown to improve mental health in many different ways. You may find it much easier to fall asleep at night after gardening earlier that day. Having a set activity and sleeping schedule allows you to feel refreshed and rested all day.
Some studies show that gardening can slow down the effects of dementia by strengthening mental cognition. Gardens can be a considered a healing environment for people suffering from the disease. The benefits of gardening such as improved mood decreased stress, and exercise are all important factors that can aid in the fight against onset or early dementia.
Are you looking for more social or club interactions? Gardening clubs are an excellent way to learn how to garden properly and mingle with people who have the same interests as you. Finding the motivation to leave the house as you grow older can be difficult, that can be changed by getting excited about new opportunities. Getting involved in community activities can lift spirits and help shape a schedule to follow to stay motivated. Gardening is a fun activity to spend time with your friends, family, and caregivers.
Getting started in gardening is a simple task. Decide between using an outside garden or pots that can be moved in and out of the house. Find out more about different flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables that you are interested in growing. Buy the equipment needed for the plants you have picked out. Once you have planted the flowers, or herbs, maintain the individual plants as needed.
Patience is a skill that is necessary for gardening. Depending on what is being grown it may take anywhere from a couple of days to a month to see small sprouts or seedlings. Checking on your plants may quickly become one of the most exciting parts of the day; seeing your hard work growing in front of your eyes is rewarding!
Interactive Caregiving is an excellent service that is offered by Comfort Keepers. This service uses companionship combined with stimulating activities to enrich all aspects of the lives of seniors. Interactive Caregiving revolves around making a plan that is unique to each client’s interests, personality, and needs. By incorporating activities like gardening to care plans is what sets our unique caregiving system apart.