Gardening Tips for Seniors

July 12, 2018

Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Best of all, it’s very affordable to begin! Gardening has many unexpected health benefits and has been known to relieve stress, act as a moderate form of exercise, and even help to cope with depression! 

Below are some tips to help keep you safe and healthy so that you can enjoy the beauty and bounty gardening can bring.

  • Picking plants/flowers: Choosing plants that are easy to maintain and able to withstand a variety of conditions is essential for an easy gardening experience. 
  • Being safe while gardening: Wear gloves to lower the risk for skin irritations, cuts, and certain contaminants. Wear long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, sun shades, and sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Know your limits in the heat: Even being out for short periods of time in high temperatures can cause serious health problems, heat strokes, and dehydration. Take breaks often. Try to rest in shaded areas so that your body's thermostat will have a chance to recover. Eat healthy foods to help keep you energized.
  • Start Small: This is important for seniors with limited mobility and reduced endurance can interfere with the work of gardening. Try gardening using a small container to reduce body stress. Flower pots and shelves are also great options for waist level gardening, you can even take the time to decorate them by painting them!

Whether in a backyard or window boxes at a nursing home, seniors can take part in the activity of gardening this season safely and effectively. Ensure pathways are clear to prevent a misstep that may lead to falling.

For those that need an extra hand moving heavy flower pots or need assistance in shopping consider hiring a Senyours companion! Our verified companions can help with majority of heavy lifting and can provide you with any support you may need to start your gardening adventure. Learn more at Senyours Companions.