As adults age, they may not be able to partake in some of the strenuous activities they did in their youth. Aging changes the body. Bones become more brittle, joints don’t function the way they used to, etc. That said, however, there are still lots of activities to be done in your golden years, safely and healthily.
To avoid loneliness and depression, numerous people of retirement age and older get involved with hobbies. If desired, they can share these hobbies with others who like the same things.
One fantastic pursuit is gardening for the elderly. It offers a bit of exercise, takes place out-of-doors (unless we’re talking about an indoor garden by a window), and offers the opportunity for socialization in many cases (a community garden area, for instance).
But safety should always be practiced, particularly as a person ages. Here are some gardening safety tips.
Be Honest with Yourself
This might be the hardest suggestion to follow, but it is necessary. Understand that your body can only accomplish so many things safely now, in your advancing years. It’s just a fact of life. Your energy level may not be what it used to be, it may be harder to get up from a kneeling position, and your balance might be a little off from time to time. That said, don’t let it stop you from gardening safely. Take plenty of breaks as needed.
Get the Lay of the Land
Before you start gardening in an area, look around. If something doesn’t look safe, or like it could be hazardous, fix it before you do anything else. When you’re fixing or gardening, wear gloves, sturdy pants, and long sleeves. Sunglasses and a hat are a good idea, as well.
Check for rocks, uneven ground, roots that might present a tripping hazard, and more. If there is uneven ground, consider using a walking stick or cane while you’re walking around.
As you’re getting the lay of the land, keep an eye out for banks and slopes. It certainly won’t do to risk a broken hip because you lost your balance when stepping over an unexpected bump.
In Case of Emergency
Anytime you’re outside the house (and indoors as well, whenever possible), carry your cell phone. If you fall, it should be conveniently located in an accessible pocket.
As much as possible, to avoid kneeling or squatting – which can be horrible on your joints and aching knees. Bring your gardening up to about the height of your waist. Get a gardening table and do whatever you can there. Naturally, if you’re gardening in the backyard, some things are going to be ground-level. You may want to consider constructing (or having someone construct) a raised planter bed.
If you have hanging plants, do all you can to make them reachable without climbing a ladder. Whenever possible, ladders should be avoided.
Gifting and Exchanges
Feel free to share the rewards of your efforts with family and friends who love fresh produce from the garden. This is also a great opportunity to make other friends who are into gardening and exchange the fruits of your labors – or vegetables.
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