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Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Gardening for SeniorsA thing of beauty is a joy forever.

  • John Keats


Whether gardening is something you have enjoyed your whole life or it something you have just discovered after moving to a senior living community, this activity offers endless benefits.

Ways members of the senior living community can benefit from Gardening:

Fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Grow herbs and vegetables for your kitchen and enjoy the wonderful taste and health benefits of fresh produce. Share your produce with your friends and neighbors and help them stay healthy as well. You may even grow fresh and fragrant flowers for the house.

Enlarge your social circle.

Community gardens are a fun way to make new friends and spend time with your neighbors while beautifying the community.

Stress relief.

Gardening improves moods and decreases levels of cortisol, a hormone that increases stress levels in the brain.

Helps you sleep better.

The activity will tire you out and reduce anxiety levels, which will help you fall asleep easier.

Decreases dementia.

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that physical activities, gardening among them, can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by 50 percent.

Decreases heart disease and diabetes.

Gardening is good cardiovascular activity, which is good for your heart. The fresh produce is full of vitamins and very good for your body also.

Stay active.

It is important to maintain an active lifestyle in retirement, and many members of senior living communities enjoy digging, planting and weeding in the garden, all while burning calories and staying in good shape. Mowing the lawn will save money as well as provide good exercise. Those with back problems can consider using raised beds to avoid bending over or using a trellis to grow things like tomatoes, cucumbers or zucchini. Use kneeling pads and stools to prevent knee pain.

Get fresh air and sunshine,

along with vitamin D, which helps to increase your calcium levels, benefitting your bones and immune system. (Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are outdoors.)

Healthier lifestyle.

Growing your own herbs and vegetables will allow you to eat healthier, and also to make healthier choices in nutrition overall.

Not only will gardening keep you busy and fit, but it will also provide a creative outlet. Growing vegetables and flowers allow you to beautify your home and neighborhood, improving its value.

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