Apr 5, 2018 by David Yeomans
Bootsy Collins may have been best known for funk music, but, apparently, he knew a few things about gardening as well. Collins once noted, "You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can't just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it." While this idea may not seem profound and the observation may not win any scientific awards, it does provide several keys that make gardening a great source of health benefits for seniors.
In fact, gardening is such a great senior activity that this spring Comfort Keepers senior home care services would like to encourage seniors to get out and garden.
Gardening is great exercise. Many seniors struggle with exercise plans that do not overly tax them, bore them, or cause them pain and anguish. Gardening works muscles, find and gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. It is also fun, easily accommodates seniors with mobility issues (through planter boxes) and can be personalized to fit any number of personalities. Senior home care services can help as little or as much as is needed should seniors need assistance with one or more aspects of the process.
Vitamin D comes from the sun. Gardening is primarily an outdoor activity and sunlight is the primary, and best, option for seniors to get vitamin D. This essential nutrient is linked to healthy bones, strong immune systems, and stable mental and emotional health. Seniors with proper vitamin D levels have far fewer instances of depression, lower fall risks, and a decreased risk of heart issues, diabetes, and several types of cancer.
Gardening reduces the risk of dementia. Further, if a senior already has dementia, it can decrease the severity of the symptoms and improve their quality of life. Gardening requires thought, planning, problem-solving, artistic creativity, gross and fine motor skills, and sensory awareness. By utilizing these skills, seniors are taking care of their brains in a fun and enjoyable manner.
Gardening is also a great source of exercise, stress reduction, and provides seniors with a sense of accomplishment.
For more information on senior gardening or the many ways Comfort Keepers senior home care services can help them participate in this or other great activities, contact a care coordinator today.
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