Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for Senior Citizens
As we grow older our bodies begin to slow down we become less active, at this stage in our lives it so important that we not only eat healthy but involve ourselves in activities that will keep our heart rate up staying fit and healthy.
Who says that those golden years should be spent laying on the couch or sitting down day after day watching your favorite television programs, and while there is no harm in doing this, it should be done in moderation because there is a saying that “a body that is in motion stays in motion” and by engaging in physical activities will ensure that we maintain good health.
My mother in law is in her 70’s, she’s always in her garden working, water or planting something and she has so much energy. She really enjoys her garden and because of this activity, it’s helping her to stay fit and healthy.
Connecting with nature
There is just something about the garden and connecting with nature. What I love about gardening is we have an awesome part to play by giving nature a helping hand as we watch our gardens transform into a work of art.
This can be very exciting for seniors as they see the effort they put in each day begin to pay off in big ways. What is also great about garden activities is the mental effect it has on the mind and for seniors, this to can be very rewarding keeping their brains sharp and alert not to mention the many wildlife to watch in their habitat.
Gardening for seniors
Some ideas for gardening projects for seniors
1. Flower gardens- Starting a flower garden is great because flower gardens tend to paint such a magical picture with their array of colors in full bloom.
2. Butterfly gardens- Creating a butterfly garden is worth having as you will not only be providing a home for wildlife but watching them as they fly from plant to plant so gracefully collecting nectar.
3. Hummingbird gardening- Hummingbirds are really fun to watch as they go from plant to plant collecting nectar. This is a garden that will provide lots of fun and excitement to seniors as they go bird watching.
5. Vegetable gardens- This can bring such delight, to be able to eat veggies that you grew yourself. This experience is so rewarding as you eat the fruits of your labor.
6. Urban Gardening- What I love about this type of gardening is it brings the whole community together both the young, middle age, and seniors which promotes togetherness and friendship.
7. Raised bed gardening-Raised bed gardening is another twist to gardening that is really cool. Garden projects like this can really add flavor and style.
8. Container gardening- Don’t’ have the space no problem, Container gardening can ensure that you are still involved in some garden activities while connecting with nature and enjoying these portable gardens.
There are many more garden designs that can be added to this list. Get creative think outside of the box, this is good for brain exercise.
7 health benefits for senior citizens working in their gardens
1. Light garden exercise will keep the muscle lubricated and functioning helping to avoid stiffness.
2. Working on the great outdoors in the garden will help in relieving stress.
3. Gardening is a great mental exercise for senior’s mental health.
4. Garden work can help in exercising the heart promoting health.
5. A great way for seniors to control their weight is by engaging in garden work.
6. Senior citizens working in the garden can help in reducing the risk of stroke.
7. It’s believed that gardening may reduce the risk of dementia in senior citizens.
Gardening for senior Citizens
21 Garden safety tips for seniors
1. The first rule to remember at all times and that is safety first this is where proper planning comes in no matter how small the project may be.
2. Have a plan on where you are working exp… working on slopes, working near overhead power lines or electrical lines in the ground can be dangerous.
3. Be mindful of water lines as well as irrigation lines.
4. Watch out for uneven grounds you don’t want to trip and fall.
5. Wait until the ground is dry from the rain or heavy dew. A former co-worker went out on the hotel grounds one morning where I was employed making his regular checks, he slipped on the grass that was wet and broke his leg. Talk about a freak accident.
6. Wear long clothing to be protected from the sun along with sunscreen to protect your (face) skin.
7. Wear proper footwear such as garden boots.
8. A good pair of garden gloves will protect your hands.
9. Goggles should be worn depending on the project to protect your eyes.
10. Wear ear muffs or earplugs when using power tools such as lawnmowers, gas-powered trimmers, etc…
11. Carry tools in a wheel burrow for ease and comfort.
12. Get help if the project requires more hands.
13. Keep the body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
14. Eat a healthy meal before starting work and wait for 10-15 minutes before working.
15. The best time for seniors to garden outdoors is in the morning when it is cool or late in the evening when the sun is about to set.
16. Wearing a hat can help in keeping you cool when working in the heat.
17. Have a first aid kit close by.
18. Keep insect spray close by for wasp, hornets, etc…
19. Never leave tools laying on the ground you might trip on them which may cause injury.
20. Paint garden tools with bright colors, this will make it easier for seniors when it comes to looking for the right tools.
21. Use a nice low chair if bending is a challenge.
The final word
Gardening is a great activity for seniors as it can both contribute to their physical and mental well-being. This is a great way to work outdoors connecting with nature and getting that much-needed exercise.
So let’s help our senior citizens have this kind of experience by engaging in this fun-filled activity that is so rewarding as it brings, peace and relaxation.