Research has shown gardening to be an effective low-impact exercise for seniors. Along with providing a moderate amount of aerobic exercise for aging adults, gardening can offer benefits to your mental and emotional health. To keep it accessible to the elderly for whom lifting and bending can be difficult; it is smart to incorporate a few modifications such as raised garden beds as well as using various ergonomic tools.
One of the best things about gardening is it stimulates all of the senses and offers an excellent excuse to get outside and soak up some vitamin D as well as boost serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical that improves your mood and helps you to feel calm and centered. In addition to relieving stress and anxiety, gardening gives seniors a sense of purpose and accomplishment with its beautiful or edible finished product. It also is an enjoyable way to use of all of your motor skills and improve endurance and strength.
Working in a garden has also proven helpful to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Gardening can help recall pleasant memories from the past and remind a person of healthier times. Experts advise not to give someone with dementia a sharp tool.
If seniors plan to get out and garden, they need to protect themselves against pests and the elements. It is recommended that seniors avoid the heat of the day and apply plenty of sunblock and wear protective clothing including sunglasses and a hat. They should have shady areas available with benches or chairs so they may easily take a break as needed. It is also important to remember to drink plenty of fluids as dehydration can be a problem.
Among our many services and amenities at MorningStar of Beaverton, we offer residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors through two enclosed courtyards, strolling paths and raised garden beds that make it easier for seniors to work in. Please visit our website to learn more about the finest senior living in the area.
MorningStar of Beaverton is pleased to provide the area the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve and we strive to create a true home for residents in a beautiful setting. Contact us to schedule a tour of our exceptional new community.
At MorningStar Senior Living we strive to create a true home where you can enjoy your retirement years as carefree as possible. Offering a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community, our care team is committed to giving residents a quality of life that other senior living communities simply cannot match.