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Growing Joy—Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Fresh air. Physical activity. Connection to nature. A sense of accomplishment. There are plenty of reasons people enjoy gardening... and there is no reason that age needs to be a barrier to enjoying horticulture. At Monarch Communities®, we fully believe in the benefits of gardening for seniors—and we think that you should too!

Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults

Gardening Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Are you or an aging loved one interested in gardening? The following tips and tricks can help make senior gardening a much safer and more enjoyable experience!

  • Elevate your garden beds - Raised beds, trellises, and vertical gardens make gardening easier for older people with limited dexterity or back problems.
  • Plant year-round - Windowsill or container gardening allow people to reap the continued benefits of horticulture all year.
  • Gear up - Gardening gloves, kneelers, and other gardening tools are great for anyone, but especially for older gardeners who may have arthritis and an increased tendency to bruise.
  • Use sun protection - While everyone needs vitamin D, gardeners still should not neglect to still wear sunscreen and proper sun-protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats.
  • Start with something hardy - Succulents can be an easy indoor starter plant for older gardeners who may have difficulty remembering to water their plants on a regular basis.

Gardening at Monarch Communities®

We believe in the restorative effects of horticulture therapy and feature gardens in our senior living retirement communities, from independent living to assisted living to memory care. These community gardens are a place for residents to connect with themselves, each other, and nature—all of which we believe boosts mental and physical health for everyone involved.

 Contact us to learn more about how we incorporate senior gardening into our communities.

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