Seniors often need to find ways to occupy themselves. If you retire, you may feel like you need some hobbies or something to do with your time. You don’t want to wake up in the morning and feel like you have nothing on the agenda, even if you don’t have a job that keeps you busy.
Gardening is a hobby seniors can try at home, and many of them do it. We will talk about why seniors should look into this activity.
Senior health benefits from gardening at home can take many forms. For instance, maybe you feel anxiety or depression. You might feel hostility from the world outside because of stress factors. That’s not unique to seniors, but older adults are certainly not immune from feeling this way.
If you take up gardening, it can relax you and lower your blood pressure. If you get outside in nature, you’ll feel the sun on your face, the wind blowing past you, and the dirt in your hands as you weed, plant, and use tools.
You might realize that nothing feels threatening when engaging in this hobby. You can forget all about your cares for a while as you work to get your plants to grow. Then, you can enjoy the simple joy when they do.
You Can Make It a Family Activity
You might look for ways to connect with your family members. Perhaps you have a spouse or partner, and you’re trying to think of things you two can do together. You might have adult children or young grandchildren who come over to see you sometimes.
You can make gardening a family activity you can do with those close to you. You can tell them it’s something you like to do, and they can help you with your gardening tasks. You can assign them little chores, like watering the plants, or they can help you with the weeding or hauling mulch around in a wheelbarrow.
While you work in your garden with your family, you can talk to them if you’d like, or you can have some companionable silence. You will likely feel closer to one another if you spend time together this way.
You Can Use the Plants You Grow for Practical Purposes
Seniors who grow plants might also use them for practical reasons. For instance, maybe you’ll grow some vegetables to use in your cooking. Perhaps you’ll grow some potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, string beans, or any other vegetables you like to eat.
You might grow some herbs to use in your cooking, like thyme or rosemary. You might even decide to grow some mint that you can use in fresh drinks.
You can also grow flowers that look nice and increase your home’s property value. Your neighbors and strangers walking by will probably compliment you on your work.
You Can Increase Your Home’s Value
You might decide that you want to move on from your current house at some point. Maybe you’re going to move in with some family members who will take care of you if they worry about you living on your own. You might move into an apartment if you don’t like walking up and down your house’s stairs anymore because you have mobility issues.
You can increase your home’s property value and curb appeal by planting some flowers in your garden. If you put the house on the market when your flowers bloom, that small detail might get someone to make an offer when they wouldn’t otherwise do so.
Gardening Gives You a Workout
When seniors reach a certain age, some doctors use the expression that if you don’t use it, you lose it. They mean that if you remain immobile all day, you’re not using certain body parts. They might become stiff from disuse.
If you take up gardening, you use many muscle groups. You’re using your arms, legs, and back to pick up mulch bags to carry them into the backyard. You’re using those same muscles carrying around flowers you’re going to plant. Weeding and similar activities make you active, and that’s probably good for you.
If you work in your garden and find success growing things, you’ll feel proud about that. You’ll likely enjoy standing in your front or backyard after planting and cultivating your garden and observing how nice everything looks.
Gardening can make you feel happy at any age, but seniors, in particular, seem to enjoy it.