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Elderly Care Services: Benefits Of Gardening

Nov 7, 2016 by Matt Clinnard

If your loved one wants to take up a hobby, gardening is a great choice for them. It comes with many benefits. Your loved one will spend more time outside in fresh air, get more active and less stressed.  Elderly care services in Tyler, TX, recommend gardening as an enjoyable form of exercise. It is an activity that includes a bit of everything. It includes physical exercise, social interactions, cognitive learning, and more.

Gardening could have many health and therapeutic benefits for your loved one, especially if they create an edible garden.  Food gardens are beautiful and also produce foods and ingredients that contribute to a balanced diet. Your loved one could save a significant amount of money by growing their own vegetables and fruits.

Gardening encourages use of all motor skills, improves endurance and strength and helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis. The physical impact is such that gardening not only provides fitness via calorie burning and muscle toning activities but offers opportunities to improving flexibility in legs, arms and hands. It has been show to help with hand to eye coordination and improved motor skills.

Therapeutic gardening can help improve your loved one’s attention span and the ability to concentrate. Also, working in a garden can give seniors a sense of control in their lives.  For an older adult who feels as though they’ve lost their purpose, gardening delivers a sense of meaning and accomplishment.

Working outdoors allows for increased vitamin D intake, a key contributor to good health. Elderly care services don't recommend straying too long in the sun. Your loved one should garden early in the morning or in the evening. Wearing sunscreen is a must. Your parent should also wear a hat, sunglasses and a lightweight long sleeved shirt. This way, they won't end up getting sunburns. Sitting on a stool or placing potted plants at waist level is a good way to avoid unnecessary bending. Your parent should always keep in mind that gardening is supposed to be fun and soothing, not painful. Elderly care services recommend ensuring that paths and walkways are flat, without any hidden holes, so your loved one doesn’t fall and get hurt.

Gardening is a great way to stimulate the brain. Elderly care services recommend getting hands dirty, because while gardening requires working with hands, it also gives the brain a workout. Planning the layout of the garden, researching different plants that thrive in various climates and soils, and learning gardening techniques encourage seniors to think through problems, devise solutions, and be creative.

 Soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae which is common in garden dirt and absorbed by inhalation or ingestion on vegetables, has been found to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, allergies and asthma, as well as depression.

 


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