Horticulture therapy, or garden therapy, is a proven and effective tool for improving the quality of life and enhancing the well-being of people of all ages, especially seniors. Learn more about the benefits of horticulture therapy and how residents at The Linden at Stonehaven Square are cultivating thriving gardens in assisted living and memory care.
Benefits of Horticulture Therapy for Seniors
1. Gardening creates a sense of purpose
Tending to a garden produces real, tangible results over time. This allows seniors to see that their efforts are meaningful. They are creating a very real food or a very beautiful flower and this can bring a sense of purpose and accomplishment to anyone.
2. Gardening can relieve stress and promote relaxation
According to a study from Psychology Today, the rhythmic nature of gardening promotes relaxation, allowing cortisol (a stress hormone) levels to decrease, helping seniors to clear their minds and settle nerves.
3. Gardening provides an opportunity for life long learning
While some seniors may have been gardening for their whole lives, others may just be beginning. No matter how long you have been gardening, there is always something new to learn. Lifelong learning activates neural connections, providing a mental workout and may even delay the onset of dementia.
4. Gardening can meet the demands of aging
Raised garden beds can help seniors who have physical limitations remain active. Sensory gardens can help people with dementia experience the world around them in an engaging and safe way.
5. Gardening can be a social activity
One of the biggest benefits of gardening for seniors is that it gets seniors outdoors and active with others. As residents work together to accomplish a goal, gardening can boost self-esteem, encourage friendships, and help seniors connect with others in a meaningful way.
Thriving Gardens at The Linden at Stonehaven Square
Knowing the extensive benefits of gardening for seniors, The Linden at Stonehaven Square has a thriving gardening program. Residents in both our assisted living and memory care programs cultivate the garden and take care of it year-round.
Memory care resident enjoy an indoor memory garden that is also a sensory garden, giving people with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia a safe way to experience their surroundings through all fie senses. Our memory care residents also have an outdoor vegetable garden that they take care of. Seeing the vegetables mature is a source of pride and purpose for our residents with dementia. Residents in assisted living take care of a beautiful flower garden and also have a raised vegetable garden.
Recently, The Tulsa Master Gardeners visited The Linden at Stonehaven Square to show us how we can better tend to our gardens, as well as to teach us improved techniques for planting and flower arranging. We truly appreciate their time and effort into improving our gardens, teaching us new gardening methods, and further enhancing the quality of life at The Linden at Stonehaven Square!
We’d love for you to come by, see our gardens, and learn about our innovative approach to senior care! Contact us for a tour today!
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