In Full Bloom: Why Gardening is Awesomely Good for Seniors
As people age, they tend to lose interest in activities. Thus, your aging parent just sleeps almost all day. But you do know how keeping them mobile and passionate is important for physical, mental, and emotional health.
Fortunately, there are activities doable at home that can help you with exactly that. One is gardening — and here are reasons this activity is awesomely good for your elderly loved one:
It’s a fun exercise
Gardening is a creative physical activity. With lots of activities involved such as moving rocks, digging, planting, distributing compost, raking, and cutting shrubs, gardening definitely entails stretching muscles out and keeping the heart rate up.
What’s important here though is to know which gardening activities are safe for your loved one to do. The strenuous activities should be done by a more able person. Build a conservatory so your loved one can still enjoy gardening even when it’s pouring rain or too hot outside.
There are DIY greenhouse kits offered by vendors such as Growing Spaces that can help you get started.
It boosts mood
Apart from the happy hormones, the gardening tasks can bring out, fresh air around the blooming flowers and plants improves mental well-being and creates calmness for the brain. So is the sunshine. When people get sunlight, the brain releases the hormone serotonin, which helps in putting you in that good, relaxed mood.
This is especially important if you have an elderly loved one who is prone to having depression. Just make sure though that your loved one gets just enough sunlight. Too much sun exposure is harmful – so encourage them to wear sunscreen, hats, and sunnies when they go gardening on sunny days.
It builds confidence
Aging loved ones often experience a sense of low self-confidence because of mobility issues and health problems. But when they find a hobby they can pour their creative energies out, they’ll be able to feel a sense of purpose and passion.
Gardening is a creative outlet; when your loved one sees how they were able to grow flowers into full bloom or put vegetables in their plates, they’ll experience pride and satisfaction.
Gardening is good for the body and the mind. Encourage your aging loved ones to get into it as a hobby.