The mental and physical benefits of gardening for seniors are well-documented. There’s just something special about working with fresh soil, sunlight, and water to bring a seed or seedlings to maturity, and the joy that comes from harvesting your work, be it a freshly cut vase of flowers, fragrant spices, or fresh vegetables.
Many seniors have a lifelong love of gardening, but stop gardening due to mobility issues. This isn’t necessary. With the proper tools and assistance, seniors can continue to indulge their green thumbs. Our own communities have thriving gardening programs through our Green Thumb projects. Freshly grown herbs are used in our memory care Spice Club, while community-grown flowers are part of our pop-up floral arranging events, are often seen decorating seniors’ apartments, or are given to friends and family during Kindness Week.