Patio Gardening Increases Happiness and HealthPosted By HarborChase on September 22, 2018
Gardening is a very accommodating activity, with proven health benefits, but it is often overlooked by comparison to other hobbies. Our diverse activity programs for seniors and our daily scheduled calendar includes gardening, as this healthy, and physically stimulating activity can be modified for each individual. At HarborChase Senior Living, we strive to help our residents find happiness, healthy initatives, and stimulation every day.
Health Benefits Patio Gardening Offers
Patio gardening will increase and maintain an exceptional level of mobility and flexibility whilst improving their endurance and strength daily. Sustaining this activity level daily will reduce stress and combat numerous diseases simultaneously. Below is a list of positive benefits our gardening activity programs for seniors provides:
- Gardening helps prevent disease such as:
- Osteoporosis: A condition in which bones become weak. The constant movement throughout the body during this activity will hinder it.
- Dementia: A group of symptoms that include memory loss. Gardening requires the continuous need for motor skills and sensory awareness which averts it.
- Clinical Depression: which can cause health or heart disease. Gardening helps seniors become more social and boost self-esteem daily.
- Improved Immune System:
- The friendly soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae “has been found to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, allergies, and asthma. . . [and] alleviate depression.”
- Nurturing Environment:
- This environment will make seniors eager to wake up in the morning and check the progress of plants.
- Boost self-esteem and promote relaxation as seniors become happier with the smell of fresh air and flowers while gaining some Vitamin D. (It is essential for your loved one to protect themselves from the heat still and apply sunscreen while staying hydrated).
Gardening Can Be for Everyone
We understand that every person is unique, and some may be afraid to garden as it can require stooping and bending over. Fortunately, gardening can be adpated to satisfy a person’s abilities and needs. Here is a list of ways to make gardening easier:
- Utilize vertical planter stands to avoid stooping over
- Raise the gardening beds to ease the movements and decrease the amount of bending over tremendously
- Utilize retractable hanging baskets and containers
- Adaptable lightweight tools for more natural grip and usage
- Tap watering nearby to avoid long distance between plants and water supply
- Stable chairs and tables nearby to relax and take breaks as needed or desired
At HarborChase, we pride ourselves in setting the gold standard in everything that we provide; from our attention and respect to our offerings and events for residents. Our objective is to ensure you or someone you love has unique activities that promote healthy aging and bring joy to life.