Gardening is extremely therapeutic for any one person, but it is especially important for aging adults and those living with dementia. It provides a great form of exercise, reduces stress and anxiety, encourages motor skills, provides stimulation from being in the outdoors, sometimes having the end result of fresh vegetables and great nutrition. Gardening can also have physical limitations for aging adults. Here are some helpful tips so you can enjoy this gardening season!
Raise your garden beds. This eliminates the need to bend over or work on your knees, decreasing fall risks.
Vertical planting such as a trellis or a wall.
Use retractable hanging baskets.
Use lightweight tools for better grip and overall better result.
Make sure that there is a water system in place for easy accessibility.
Have a flat walking path available to reduce trips and falls.
There are also health safety tips to abide by when working out in your garden during the summer.
Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol. Not drinking enough water, especially during the hot summer months, can cause dehydration or heat stroke.
Warm up/stretch before gardening and take frequent breaks.
Attend to all cuts, bruises, & insect bites immediately.
Wear protective shoes, lightweight clothing, a hat, and gardening gloves.
Work in your garden in the early morning or late in the day when heat and the sun's rays are typically least intense.
Gardening can be enjoyable and successful for everyone throughout the entire summer. If needing to get some gardening ideas or possible communities that offer gardening, check out areas that promotes easy accessibility for aging adults or those living with dementia, call one of our Views Senior Living Communities today!