Gardening has many benefits.

You can plant a few flowers in pots or a large plot of land. There are almost as many benefits to Gardening for seniors as the plants.

Let’s get into the details and discover some of the many benefits of Gardening for seniors.

Physical benefits

Aerobic exercise. Light aerobic exercise is the pulling, digging and reaching of Gardening. This helps prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions such as osteoporosis and some cancers. Most people find Gardening so enjoyable that they don’t realize they are engaging in physical exercise. It’s much more enjoyable than running on a treadmill.

Vitamin D Exposure. It has been shown that sunlight can increase serum Vitamin D. Vitamin D is good for bones, joints, and the immune system. As long as seniors are properly protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, they can reap enormous benefits from sunlight exposure. It would help if you used sunscreen, sunglasses, and a brimmed cap.

Nutritious produce. The daily intake of nutritious food is at your fingertips if you plant fruits and vegetables. A garden can provide a wealth of healthy food options, including salad greens, vegetables, fruits, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes, and peaches, apples, strawberries, peaches and herbs.

Cognitive Benefits

Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. A 16-year study that tracked nearly 3,000 older adults revealed that Gardening could lower dementia risk by 36%. Gardening stimulates our minds and keeps us present. It requires attention to details, patterns, spacing and depth. You can also enjoy a full-spectrum sensory experience with vivid colours, buzzing insects, water droplets and smells, soil and aromas, different textures, fruits, vegetables, and even flowers.

Emotional Benefits

Stimulates happy hormones. The brain’s “feel good” hormones, serotonin (and dopamine), are increased by Gardening. It lowers the stress hormone cortisol. One study, which had one group of participants read inside for half an hour, and another go outside and garden showed that the gardeners were in better spirits and had decreased cortisol.

A sense of purpose and achievement. It is a great experience to plant and nurtures a garden. These little miracles can be tangible and satisfying.

Self-esteem. A gardener’s care can make life easier, especially for those with declining mental and physical abilities. Gardening fulfils this basic human need.

Social benefits

Reduces loneliness and isolation. Older adults are more vulnerable to isolation and depression because they often live alone or have limited mobility. Seniors can come together to work in community gardens, which encourages socialization and friendships based on common interests. Because Gardening is secondary to conversations, they flow naturally.

Spiritual benefits

You are closer to a higher power. People can get out of their heads and focus on something bigger than themselves by Gardening. When they are in harmony with nature, many feel closer to God and higher powers.

Preston Gardening

Barclay Friends is thrilled to announce the opening of our new Preston facility in quiet residential West Chester. It offers Personal Care, Residential Living, and Memory Care. Preston’s commitment to therapeutic Gardening is what we are most excited about.

The sensory stimulation gardening Preston has in its courtyard a private entrance, raised beds, and lots of space for things to grow. Residents can grow vegetables and plants with the guidance of our full-time horticulturalists.


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