The spring season brings with it a variety of opportunities for new activities and experiences that can change up your parent’s routine from the long stretch of winter.
One that can be particularly beneficial is gardening. When your parent creates and maintains a garden they can enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including burned calories, strengthened muscles, and joints, improved joint health and balance, stronger cardiovascular health, better mental and emotional health and more. What you might not immediately think of is the fantastic cognitive benefits that this activity can offer.
Some of the ways that gardening can be beneficial for your parent’s cognitive functioning include:
-Planning the garden encourages your parent to think through various issues such as the location of the garden, the amount of sunlight, the types of plants they want to grow, and the amount of space they will need
-Planting the garden requires your parent to follow directions and ensure that they are taking the right steps for the particular types of plants that they are growing. Each type of plant must be planted in the correct way to allow them to grow properly, so it is important that your parent follow these directions precisely
-Caring for the garden requires your parent to remember that they need to care for the plants and how to do it properly. This encourages better memory retention and sharper recall, as well as strategy to fit the care of their garden into their routine. They will also need to make judgment calls according to how circumstances change. For example, they might not need to water their garden for a few days after a rain or may need to adjust their care if there are pests
If you are looking for a way to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life, support their health and well-being, and encourage a lifestyle that is more active and engaged, now may be the ideal time for you to start elder care for them.
An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent when it is right not just for them and their needs, but also for the amount of care that you give them on a regular basis. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider can encourage your parent to manage their needs, challenges, and limitations in the best way for them as an individual based on their beliefs, personal opinions, and goals. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation to helping with personal care needs, to medication reminders to ensure that they remain compliant with their prescriptions and guidelines from their doctor.