Apr 5, 2018 by Kelly Lindell
It is no secret that many seniors really enjoy gardening. Now that we are getting into the warmer months of the year and the sun is out more and more each day, many seniors are taking advantage of the incredible weather and getting out there to do some gardening. Although gardening can make your loved one's yard incredibly appealing and yield some healthy produce, it can be a very dangerous activity for certain people over the age of 65. If your loved one is one of those individuals, assisted living may be the answer.
There are many misconceptions about assisted living. One of the main ones is that people are under the impression that it is all about caregiving professionals assisting chronically ill seniors with medication, mobility and other activities that make up a large chunk of daily living. Although assisted living is very much so about all of these activities listed above, and although they are very important to helping seniors live independently and in their own homes, it is about so much more than that.
All assisted living providers want to make sure their clients are living their best life and taking advantage of everything the golden years have to offer. Having a hobby such as gardening can really light up a senior's life. It also brings with it many benefits that can make the difference between depression and loneliness and living life as a satisfied individual.
Let's check out some of the benefits your loved one could reap from gardening:
Gardening is an excellent exercise that can help your loved one stay fit. Modifications can easily be made for seniors who cannot stand or kneel for long periods of time. Doing movements that are out of the ordinary and help exercise new muscles and build strength.
The sun is the best source of vitamin D.
Taking part in something we love to do can help us focus on all the great things life has to offer.
Seniors are most often not employed and will take their sense of accomplishment where they can get it. Gardening could be an excellent opportunity.
Although the cause of dementia is unknown and there is no cure, there has been some correlation between gardening and reduced dementia risk. This is because a senior's problem solving and sensory awareness is being engaged when they garden.
While seniors may not be able to keep up with hobbies they enjoyed in their younger years, new activities can be learned and enjoyed! If your loved one liked hiking, bird watching, or just being outdoors, chances are good they will enjoy gardening and light activities in their senior years.