5 Benefits of Gardening for Senior Citizens

Spring has arrived! With spring comes sunshine, warm weather, and for many people a chance to get back to gardening.

The benefits of gardening are vast; here we discuss a few of the key benefits of gardening for your elderly loved ones – whether it’s Grandma, Grandpa, or an elderly parent.

  1. Physical Activity
    • Gardening is a great form of aerobic exercise, leading to increased strength, stamina, and flexibility.
    • It is a low impact activity, and is often an enjoyable activity for most, therefore easier to spend increased amounts of time doing it.
    • All the digging, pulling, and planting can increase hand strength, so it is not just your heart that benefits.
    • Additionally, time in the sun plays an important role in your bodies absorption of vitamin D, which aids in bone health and healthy immune system.
  2. Mental Stimulation
    • Previous studies have found that gardening can decrease risk of dementia by up to 36 percent!
    • Gardening provides stimulation to the mind through engaging all the senses.
  3. Improved Emotion
    • Gardening has been shown to increase the hormones linked to happiness (serotonin and dopamine) while simultaneously decreasing the stress hormone (cortisol).
  4. Healthier Diet
    • If your elderly loved one choose to plant vegetables, herbs, or fruits in their garden, he or she will benefit from getting fresh produce for healthier meal or snack options.
  5. Increased Self Esteem
    • Gardening can provide a healthy sense of control and responsibility, leading to a more positive self-esteem for your grandma, grandpa, or elderly parent.

 

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