Are you curious as to what great hobbies might be for your senior loved one? Look no farther! Gardening is a wonderful pastime for people of any age, but especially for seniors. Not only is gardening a nice way to get outside and enjoy nature, but it also provides a tangible touch to the life process all around you. Engaging with nature keeps your mind in a peaceful state, which is good for any age!
Gardening for the Elderly
Seniors need exercise too, and gardening does provide mild aerobic benefits and that is good for cardiac health. The simple movements of bending, kneeling, moving water cans and hoses, etc., can all be perfect low-intensity workouts. If the senior in your life is not able to move as freely and easily, there are still ways to help them enjoy gardening! Read on….
Gardening for Seniors Made Easy
Begin by using raised garden beds. This will cut down on the amount of bending and squatting required. Keep the garden beds fairly narrow so the middle of them can be easily accessed. Also, grow plants vertically as much as possible. Growing things like tomatoes, beans, peas, and cucumbers on a trellis will be very helpful. Not only will this make harvesting much easier, but it will also save space so you can grow more variety. If watering the garden is too big of a chore, install an irrigation system to assure the proper amount of water gets to those precious plants!
Container Gardening for Seniors
Container gardening has tons of perks, not the least of which is the fact that you can put them anywhere. They could be on a deck, patio, or other easily accessible spaces. Just about any container will work as long as it has drainage holes. 5-gallon buckets, plastic storage bins, etc., all make great containers. Of course, you can purchase containers for that purpose as well. Another benefit of container gardening is that they can be moved indoors if there is a freeze or the senior is not able to get outside as much. Keep in mind that if moving heavy dirt around is too strenuous, you can buy soilless potting mix that weighs far less.
Gardening Help for Seniors
Gardening is a great way to spend time together with family and friends, so ask for help and start enjoying each other’s company! We never know when we may lose loved ones, so make every moment count. Gardening for seniors is very therapeutic and we cannot overstate how beneficial this activity can be. Not only is it a way to be connected to living things, but you also get to enjoy the rewards of harvesting your own food, which fuels your body AND your mind.
For more ideas on how to begin gardening for seniors, please contact us today!
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