Growing Connections with Our Residents

Growing Connections with Our Residents.

13 March 2017

To grow a more meaningful and healthy connection with our Residents, our activities lady, Brigid, with a couple of our residents in tow, headed out into the garden for some beneficial gardening.
At any age, gardening is one of the best activities we can do outdoors, it stimulates all of the senses and awakens our connection with nature and with each other and also rewards us with fresh, beautiful, colourful flowers.
Gardening is also an excellent way for our Residents to get a moderate aerobic workout and stay flexible.
Still, there's no question that bending, lifting, kneeling, squatting, weeding and pruning, all become more challenging as we grow older.

Gardening is beneficial for older people because it:

Is an enjoyable form of exercise
Increases levels of physical activity and helps mobility
Encourages use of all motor skills
Improves endurance and strength
Helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis
Reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation
Provides stimulation and interest in nature and the outdoors
Improves wellbeing as a result of social interaction

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