Gardening can be a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. If you’re a senior considering whether to start a garden, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, choose a location for your garden that gets plenty of sunlight. Then, select plants that are easy to grow and don’t require much maintenance. Some good options include herbs, vegetables, and flowers native to your region.
You’ll also need to ensure you have the proper supplies for gardening, including gloves, a trowel, and a watering can. Don’t forget to purchase some quality soil, too.
Begin by planting your seeds or seedlings in small pots or containers. This will make it easier to take care of them until they’re ready to be transplanted into your garden.
Give yourself plenty of time to tend to your garden each day. Don’t try to do too much at once, as this can be overwhelming. Start with just a few minutes of watering or weeding, and then gradually increase the amount of time you spend as you become more comfortable with gardening.
Make sure to drink plenty of water while working in your garden, as this will help you stay hydrated. And if you feel tired, take a break, and return later.
Physically, gardening can help seniors stay active and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance. Additionally, being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine can boost seniors’ moods and overall sense of well-being.
Mentally, gardening can provide a creative outlet and help reduce stress. The therapeutic role of 20-minute gardening has proven to help improve cognitive function and memory.
Socially, gardening can be a great way to meet new people and interact with others. Seniors who garden together can form strong bonds and enjoy a sense of community.
We offer various activities and amenities at Willow Falls Senior Living to help seniors stay active, engaged, and connected.
Contact us today at 815-725-5868 to learn more about how we help seniors thrive and schedule a tour.
Willow Falls Senior Living
1681 Willow Cir Dr.
Crest Hill, IL 60403