Why We Love the Garden Club at Heritage Place Senior LivingMay 03, 2017 | Heritage Place
As the weather warms up and days get longer, we're excited to kick off our Garden Club for another season. We have a gardening area here at Heritage Place that residents can use and enjoy during spring and summer months. During the warmer months, we get together weekly to plant, tend, and share our favorite flowers and vegetables.
The garden is one of the many reasons we love life at Heritage Place, and we look forward to watching it grow every year. Not only is this a fun way for residents to contribute to our Utah community through fresh produce, but gardening also offers several benefits to their overall wellness
Benefits of Gardening for Seniors
For everyone, and seniors especially, gardening provides a plethora of physical mental and social health benefits. To start, they get to spend time outside enjoying nature while nurturing another living thing.
Fresh Air and Exercise
The stretching, bending, and lifting associated with gardening provide low-impact exercises for seniors. Even a simple repetitive task, such as pulling weeds, can improve dexterity and strength. Plus, seniors often increase their intake of fruits and vegetables if they grow these foods in their own backyard.
The relaxing nature of gardening can reduce stress from the distractions of everyday life. The leisure activity can also contribute to fewer symptoms of depression. A light breeze, sunshine, and the feel of fresh dirt on your hands is bound to be a mood booster.
Reconnect with Neighbors
With much more free time, seniors can pick up gardening to reconnect with neighbors friends or family. By tending a garden, sharing produce, and cooking fresh ingredients with others, seniors can strengthen their social circles, which can also lessen the risk for dementia.
Heritage Place Gardeners
The Garden Club picks up again next month in May and will run through the summer into September. Both staff members and residents work together on our garden, growing flowers and vegetables for everyone to enjoy. Our residents especially love growing ingredients for salsa!
In the next few weeks an Eagle Scout will be completing his final project at Heritage Place, building raised gardening beds to benefit our residents. This will make it much easier for more residents to participate in gardening, especially those who have a hard time stooping or bending.
One active member of the club, Janet W., especially enjoys being able to do something she's always loved. She tells us, "It gives me the chance to help grow vegetables and flowers again." For many of our residents, gardening renews energy and enjoyment for past hobbies. We're glad that the Eagle Scout project will expand our garden for more to participate and enjoy!
Our vibrant garden is one of many community amenities here at Heritage Place. If you're interested in seeing our space in person, schedule a tour to come visit us. We want you and your loved ones to feel comfortable here; contact us to learn how we can make Heritage Place a home.
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