Spending time outdoors is key to seniors’ psychological and physical health. In particular, gardening is an activity that gives purpose, reduces stress and enriches their lives. Connecting with nature provides the opportunity to absorb vitamin D, allows for better sleep, improves flexibility, and produces healthy foods.
With aging, however, gardening may become more difficult. Here are some suggestions of how to continue gardening into your older years. If you haven’t yet started, it’s never too late!
- Start with an herb garden indoors using hydroponics (staked pots with dirt, rock, wool, etc.)
- Rosemary, Parsley, Cilantro, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano
- Transplant them outdoors- if it’s difficult to bend over, use an elevated planting beds or pots that can be kept on tables.
- Use ergonomic gardening tools if needed
- Garden with a friend/caregiver or family – planting/harvesting and share a meals made from the garden.
Watch our segment on FOX where we discuss this further: