Gardening for Older Adults

The health benefits of gardening really cannot be overstated. 

Looking at nature (even through a window or in pictures) can reduce stress, lowering blood pressure and slowing heart rate. What’s more, gardening involves ongoing physical activity improving fitness, flexibility and balance; planning and daily habits which benefits cognitive health; and social connection through gardening groups reducing isolation and loneliness.

Home Care, Caregivers, Gardening, Elderly Activities

In taking advantage of these incredible benefits, it is worth considering some ways that gardening can be made safe and accessible for everyone:

  • Raised beds and vertical gardens can make gardening more accessible by reducing the need for bending and kneeling
  • Gardening in the cooler morning and evening hours can minimise the risk of sunburn and heat exhaustion
  • Protective clothing such as gloves, sunhats, sturdy shoes and long-sleeved shirts and trousers can help to keep us safe from the elements
  • Chairs, benches and tables can provide areas to rest or work at a more comfortable height
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand to immediately treat cuts, bruises or insect bites
  • Light-weight, ergonomic tools can ease strain on the body. The Arthritis Foundation has compiled a handy list of Ease of Use Products
  • Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks
For more information about gardening for older adults, go to: Gardening for older people

InPlace Care can offer carers to support you and your Garden adventures. Perhaps now is the right time to plant a healthy Veggie Box and enjoy fresh vegetables in no time. Sign Up Free and search for gardening assistance


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