Aged care resident transforms communal garden at Kangaroo Point home
Posted 9th June 2023
“I remember being a little girl and being chased out of the vegetable patch by our gardener because I dug up the radishes and washed them, I thought the soil was bad for them!”
As we age, it is important to find activities that keep us active and engaged, both physically and mentally. Gardening is a rewarding past time that can have many benefits for older adults. Gardening is a great way to stay physically active in your later years. It is a low-impact activity that can be done at your own pace, and it can provide a range of physical health benefits. Gardening requires a range of movements, such as reaching, bending and stretching that can help improve our overall mobility and flexibility. Digging, planting, and weeding can all help to build and maintain muscle strength, which is especially important as we age. Sometimes the best exercise doesn’t even feel like exercise!
As well as physical benefits, gardening can also have many mental health benefits. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety and is a great way to unwind. Being outside in nature and focusing on a task can be calming and therapeutic.
Gardening requires planning, problem solving, and attention to detail, which can all help to improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Gardening can also be a social activity, whether it's working in a community garden or simply chatting with your neighbours about your plants. Social interaction is important for mental health and can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The sense of purpose and accomplishment you feel when you eat something delicious you grew yourself or pick some beautiful flowers that you watched grow from seedlings is also an amazing feeling.
Whether you're a seasoned gardener or new to the hobby, there are many ways to get involved and reap the rewards of this enjoyable and rewarding pastime. If you’re interested in setting up a garden at your home, please get in touch with your Facility Manager!