Gardening For Seniors
Activities for seniors
As we grow older our bodies begin to slow down and 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 contributing to our overall health.
Who says that those golden years should be spent laying on the couch or sitting down day after day watching our favourite 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 and she is always in her garden working, water or planting something and she has so much energy. She really enjoys her garden.
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 thing of beauty.
And 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 garden projects for seniors
1. Flower gardens- Starting a flower garden is great because flower gardens tend to paint such a magical picture with its array of colors in full bloom.
2. Butterfly gardens- Creating a butterfly garden is worth having as you will not only providing a home for wildlife but watch them as they fly 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- What brings such delight is to be able to eat veggies that you grew your self. 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 that promotes togetherness and friendship.
7. Raised bed gardening-Raised bed gardening is another twist to gardening that is really cool. Graden projects like these 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 much more garden designs that can be added to this list. Get creative think outside the box, this is good for brain exercise.
Gardening for seniors
Garden safety tips
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 job 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 grounds are dried from rains or heavy dew. A former co-worker went out on the hotel grounds one morning making his regular checks, slipped on the grass that was wet and broke his leg. Talk about a freak accident.
6. Wear long clothing to protect from the sun or use sunscreen to protect the skin.
7. Wear proper footwear such as Gardening boots.
8. Gardening gloves.
9. Goggles to protect your eyes.
10. Ear muffs or ear plugs when using power tools such as lawnmowers, gas-powered trimmers etc…
11. Safety belt to support your back especially if the project requires some lifting.
12. Carry tools in a wheel burrow for ease and comfort.
13. Get help if the project requires more hands.
14. Keep body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
15. Eat a healthy meal before starting work and wait for 10-15 minutes before working.
16. 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.
17. Wearing a hat can help keep you cool when working in the heat.
18. Have a first aid kit close by.
19. Keep insect spray close by for, exp. wasp. hornets etc…
20. Never leave tools laying on the ground you might trip on them which may cause injury.
21. Paint garden tools with bright colors, this will make it easier for seniors when it comes to looking for the right tools.
22. 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 get outdoors connecting with nature and getting those creative juices flowing.
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 as they reap the rewards of their labour.