It’s spring, and that means it’s time to start thinking about all those outdoor activities we love so much, like gardening. Gardening is great outdoor exercise, and the bonus is you get something wonderful in return – fresh, healthy vegetables to eat or beautiful flowers to enjoy. For seniors, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind when gardening so that you enjoy your time outdoors while staying safe.
Be sure your garden is accessible. Ensure that there is a clear, level path leading to your garden, especially if you have mobility issues. Ideally, have a professional install a concrete pathway that leads straight to your garden area.
Try raised beds. Bending and stooping can become more challenging as we age. Raised garden beds are a wonderful solution because they make it easier to reach your garden for planting and weeding.
Use the right tools. Power tools can be difficult to use and aren’t usually needed for gardening. Instead, purchase ergonomically designed hand tools and you’ll have everything you need to maintain your beautiful garden.
Stay hydrated. It’s easy for seniors to become dehydrated – and working in the sun can speed up the process. Always keep fresh drinking water nearby when you’re working in your garden.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Gardening involves a lot of sitting or kneeling, so be sure to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to feel comfortable. Also, wear shoes with a good grip to avoid falls. You’ll also want to have a comfortable kneeling pad to cushion your knees.
Pace yourself. Like all forms of exercise, overdoing it can be dangerous. Give yourself a time limit for working in your garden, then take breaks for snacks, lunch, or just to relax.
Even if you don’t have space for an outdoor garden, you can enjoy some of the benefits of gardening by using indoor garden spaces. Most garden centers sell several different indoor gardening kits that have all the right lighting already installed.
Gardening is a great part of a healthy, active lifestyle for seniors, so it’s important to follow these tips for staying safe. And if it’s time to consider transitioning to a senior living facility, connect with our expert senior care professionals at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. Our senior living facilities and recreational programs are designed to provide a healthy, active lifestyle in a friendly, caring community. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.