With spring officially settling in, it’s hard not to want to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful weather. For seniors, it can be a bit difficult to get out of the home on their own to enjoy all that this gorgeous season has to offer, but the reality is that they could benefit quite a bit from spending some time outdoors.
One of the many activities that seniors can benefit from while also enjoying themselves is gardening. If you’re looking for a way to get your loved one outside and enjoying the beautiful weather, this is definitely something that you should consider. Here are a few of the ways that seniors benefit from taking up gardening.
Stress contributes to our health and well-being more than we often recognize. That is why it is so incredibly important that everyone finds an activity that helps them decompress and reduce stress levels — including seniors. Gardening is an activity that has been shown to lower cortisol levels. This is known as the stress hormone. So, by participating in an activity that reduces cortisol levels, you, in turn, get to enjoy lower levels of stress.
Boost the Immune System
Now that we’ve talked a little about how seniors can benefit mentally from gardening let’s talk about how they can benefit physically. One of the inevitable supplies that will be used when gardening is soil. The soil that can be purchased at common home supply stores includes an ingredient known as Mycobacterium vaccae. This bacteria has been shown to help with some of the symptoms of allergies, asthma, psoriasis, and even depression.
Aside from that, spending time outdoors provides your loved one with some time in the sun which can boost vitamin D levels. It’s also a light activity that keeps them moving and gets their heart pumping. All in all, this is a fantastic activity for seniors to partake in.
Gardening is a light and relaxing activity, but it’s also an opportunity for some social interaction. Communication and regular conversation are essential for seniors. Whether they are gardening with their caregiver, a friend, or their family, having the opportunity for some light conversation while planting flowers or vegetables is something easy for anyone to enjoy.
Invest in In-Home Care
Let the senior in your life get the care and attention that they need to live their best life. In-home care is one of the best ways to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of, remain active, and are enjoying their days. The team at Reliable In Home Care, Inc. is happy to provide the Orange County area with the quality care and assistance they’re in need of.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about the in-home care services that we offer, have any questions that you’d like for us to answer, or you’re wanting to schedule your in-home health care services, contact our team. We would be more than happy to get you taken care of.