Hi, this is Anthony Diaz and one of the wonderful things we do at Rosa’s to stimulate activity is gardening. We call it container gardening and we are excited that there are many things you can grow in containers such as squash, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, radishes and a host more.
Our clients who want to participate help get the containers ready and help plant the plants. The clients often get excited because they know with water and care, these plants will be on their dinner table soon.
Working in the garden provides you with an outdoors fitness alternative. Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits for older people. It is enjoyable, and provides a source of exercise. For those who did not know, gardening also encourages use of all motor skills which is wonderful when dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Did you know there is an actual clinical profession that exists called horticultural therapy where people use gardening to heal? Now maybe it’s the sunshine that boosts people’s mood or maybe it is digging in the soil or just being part of creating something, but gardening really has great benefits for seniors.
Gardening is also good for depression and anxiety. Recently we learned that there is a strain of bacterium in soil that has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.
These are some of the reasons we like to make sure we grow some of our food and do gardening for our seniors here at Rosa’s. It just makes good sense, and salads!