Gardening is a hobby enjoyed by people of all ages due to is fulfilling
and calming effects. For individuals who require Alzheimer’s care,
this popular activity can be particularly beneficial. Read on to learn
how garden can prove to be a therapeutic addition to mental health care.
A Reason for Activity
As people age, many end up becoming less and less active with each year
that passes, and this can be especially true for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Gardening can benefit assisted living residents by providing an incentive to leave their favorite sofa or recliner and
to participate in an activity. While some aspects of gardening can be
strenuous, there are many tasks involved that are easy on the body but
also demand a bit of movement.
Time in the Sun
Getting enough sunshine can be essential for maintaining one’s health,
and research has shown that older individuals are particularly at risk
for not getting enough sunlight. Having outdoor gardening areas that are
safe for people with Alzheimer’s can provide a way for those living
in assisted living centers to feel motivated to go outside. Spending time
outdoors can help those with Alzheimer’s enjoy the therapeutic effects
of improved vitamin D levels, and may even reduce a person’s inflammation
and risk for heart attack.
A Sense of Purpose
One of the most common reasons for older individuals to experience feelings
of depression is a lack of purpose. For this reason, it is important to
encourage hobbies and activities that give people with Alzheimer’s
a motivation for involvement. Gardening works excellently for this purpose.
Spending just an afternoon in a garden planting, pruning, or weeding can
provide one with a sense of accomplishment, and seeing plants grow and
blossom as they mature can be incredibly fulfilling.
Avalon Memory Care provides 24-hour a day care with a home-like environment,
and we offer gardening along with other recreational activities to provide
our residents with a fulfilling and therapeutic atmosphere. To learn more
about our locations that provide
mental health care for Alzheimer’s near Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, please give
us a call at (214) 752-7050.