In "Gardening for Seniors - Joyous Activities for Elderly Gardeners, with Tips for Reduced Mobility" you'll find a wide range of information that will inspire you to continue, or start, gardening.
If you're looking for an activity you can share with an aging loved one, gardening offers the ideal opportunity to do something satisfying and fun together. Bring your children into the fun and you have a wonderful full-family activity where all of you can share in the tending and the enjoyment of what your plants produce.
The Joys and Benefits of Gardening
Whether it's something you grew up with, or something that is relatively new to you, you'll come to discover the joy that gardening brings and the benefits it offers, both physically and mentally. This is particularly true as you get older.
There's something to be said for planting a seedling or young plant, nurturing it along and watching it grow, then enjoying the benefits of what it produces, such as flowers or vegetables. You will watch birds and butterflies enjoying your flowers. You will add fresh vegetables and herbs to your meals. There's a whole circle-of-life thing that happens.
It simplifies part of your life and brings things back to basics, which is more important than ever in these times of multitasking, 24/7 internet connection, and 800 channels on the television. A garden is where you can find peace and a sense of purpose. It's the perfect hobby to help you unplug, unwind, and enjoy.
A garden is a place that reassures. It helps you to feel grounded. It soothes and offers a connection to the earth. This is true even if all you have is a handful of containers or a 4x4 foot raised bed.
Gardening is a great way to maintain flexibility and muscle tone. Doing work around the garden is typically more rewarding, both emotionally and mentally, than other forms of exercise. If you're physically able to tend to a garden, you'll find that your metabolism can increase at a rate of three to five times, burning calories along the way. It is said that regular activity for around 30 minutes a day is beneficial for your health and for your sleep, which can easily be accomplished with the addition of common gardening activities like watering, feeding, digging, planting, and weeding to your daily routine.
Gardening can become part of a rehabilitation program. Horticulture therapy has both mental and physical restorative effects. Gardening can benefit those who are recovering from physical illness by retraining muscles and improving coordination and strength.
So, whether you're looking for more "me" time, or an activity where the whole family can participate and benefit from, gardening can be exactly what you need it to be.
Topics range from the basics of container gardening, how to enjoy gardening with your grandchildren, easy vegetable gardening, and how to enjoy gardening from a wheelchair.
Some senior or elderly gardeners find themselves faced with reduced mobility. Let's face it, as we get older we may find that we're not able to do all the hobbies, sports, and energetic activities that we've been able to enjoy during our 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's. Gardening doesn't have to be one of them. As a matter of fact, it's quite therapeutic and satisfying.