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Gardening Provides 5 Health Benefits for Seniors
Beyond the obvious delight from having fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables, consider these 5 benefits of gardening – just in time to get outside and start digging.
1. Gardening provides sun exposure for increased levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D production from sunlight helps to maintain strong bones and supports immune, brain, cardiovascular, and nervous system health. Don't forget your gardening hat and sunscreen.
2. Gardening reduces the risk of dementia. Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk and progression of dementia. Gardening is identified in studies as being an especially beneficial activity.
3. Gardening reduces stress. Gardening has been demonstrated to reduce stress, calm anxiety, and improve outlook.
4. Gardening improves and maintains mobility. The kneeling, squatting, sitting, and standing movements performed while gardening keep muscles active and joints limber, aiding stability, balance, and stamina.
5. Gardening can reduce loneliness. Gardening is a communal activity. Inviting a friend to join in, or participating in a community garden project, is an excellent way to socialize and benefit by interacting with others.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.