In response to COVID-19 pandemic, all senior center recreational activities, events, classes, programs including excursions are suspended until further notice.
The center is closed to the general public, members and volunteers at this time.
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Busy Hands, Happy Heart!
Gardening, in general, reduces stress and promotes peace. It is very calming and soothing to the nerves. Senior life can be confusing and frustrating, dealing with new limitations and especially if their mobility is restricted. Indoor gardening helps them remain calm and gives them a distraction from other life stressors.
Boredom is a breeding ground for loneliness and depression for seniors. Inactivity often spirals into boredom for seniors . Tending to an indoor garden or even just a single potted plant or a flower gives seniors something to do with their hands. Although they may not have full mobility, it gives them a sense of movement and keeps them from getting bored.
Gardening stimulates your mind. You are planning and executing your plan to arrive at the desired outcome. You also have to wait and keep your mind engaged long enough to remember to come back to check progress. It also represents an opportunity for constant learning.
Caring for something outside of yourself just feels good. This gives seniors the chance to love something and take an interest in its well-being. It forces them to think outside of themselves and can be as simple as a potted plant or more complex like an herb garden. It gives them something to look forward to outside of their normal routine.
This summer lift their spirits. Let indoor gardening be their recreational therapy.
Portions of this article are from Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages