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Gardening with an Interactive Caregiver is a Great Hobby for Seniors!

Jun 7, 2017 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers

The perfect hobby for any age would have to be an activity that is fun, carefree, and has a lot of benefits. As you age, some of your favorite hobbies and pastimes may require too much physical activity to remain enjoyable and stress-free. Gardening is the perfect combination of a healthy, fun, and rewarding pursuit. Seniors can benefit immensely from all that gardening has to offer.

Physical Benefits

Spending time outside can do amazing things for your physical 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. Since seniors are at high risk to suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, this is crucial. Not having enough essential vitamins can lead to broken bones, bone pain, and inflammation.

The simple actions of digging, walking, planting, and watering have the ability to build on the use of basic motor skills. 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.

Another benefit to gardening would be to grow nutrient-rich produce to incorporate into your meals. Produce such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lettuce can all be easily grown in a personal garden. Growing is a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. An additional benefit of having plants in your home is how they filter the air. This makes the air you breath safer.

Mental Benefits

The calming nature of gardening can also be incredibly relaxing. Feeling stressed or anxious? Gardening might be the answer for you! By breathing in the fresh air and enjoying nature, it is proven to improve mental health in various ways. Gardening may have the ability to put your mind at ease. This will, in turn, make it easier to fall asleep at night.

There are even reports that gardening can slow down the effects of dementia. This is because it is believed to have positive effects on your mental cognition. Gardens are often seen as a healing environment for people suffering from the disease. The benefits of gardening include improved mood, decreased stress, and exercise. These all have the ability to fight off dementia.  

Social Benefits

Looking for more social interactions? Gardening clubs are an excellent way to learn how to garden properly and mingle with people that have the same interests as you. Finding the motivation to leave the house as you grow older can be difficult. This can be changed by getting excited about new opportunities with new people! Getting involved in community activities can lift spirits and help shape a schedule to follow to stay motivated and active.  Gardening is a fun way to spend time with friends, family, and caregivers.

How to Get Started

Getting started in gardening is simple. Decide between using an outside garden or pots that can be moved in and out of the house. Do research on any flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables you are interested in growing. Acquire the necessary tools and supplies needed for the plants you picked out. You must water and maintain the plants as needed.

Patience is a skill that will be utilized in this process. Depending on what is being grown it may take just a few days to see small sprouts or seedlings. Checking on your plants may quickly become one of the most exciting parts of the day; seeing your efforts bloom in front of your eyes is rewarding!

Combining Gardening with Senior Care

Interactive Caregiving is a revolutionary service offered by Comfort Keepers that uses companionship combined with stimulating activities to enrich all aspects of the lives of older adults. Interactive Caregiving revolves around making a customized plan that is individual to each client’s interests, personality, and needs. By incorporating activities like gardening to care plans is what sets our unique caregiving system apart.  Our goal is to provide the most fulling life for seniors.

To learn more about how our unique services like Interactive Caregiving can help you or a loved one, please Contact Us at (609) 890-2888.

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