The benefits of being in contact with nature are well-documented. Even though about 80 percent of the human population lives in towns and cities, we retain our connection to nature by growing plants and flowers in pots on our window sills. This speaks volumes about our need to be near greenery even if we live in apartment style residences. As we get older, it may become more difficult to make the trip to nature reserves and sanctuaries due to declining energy and fitness. However, our state of health does not equate to a reduced desire for connection to nature. Many of us remain as enthusiastic about being in nature as our younger selves. As such, when you choose a retirement home, it is important to select one that has landscaped gardens or green spaces for communal gardening, so that you don’t have to travel far to reap the benefits of connecting with nature.
Staying More Active
People who live in retirement homes with landscaped or communal gardens have more opportunities to stay in shape. Gardening is considered an outdoor activity that requires just a low to moderate level of energy, so this is suitable for older adults who wish to keep fit through gardening activities. Walking around garden beds, digging the soil for sowing, planting and weeding are great forms of exercise as they increase mobility and improve blood circulation. Gardening can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. If you are experiencing joint stiffness, working on raised garden beds will lessen the need to bend at awkward angles.
Working on landscaped or communal gardens is good for nutrition levels as you get to reap the benefits of what you produce. There is nothing like eating fruits or vegetables that you have grown yourself, knowing that they are free from suspicious chemicals or fertilizers. Some easy-to-grow herbs and vegetables that you can enjoy include lettuces, carrots, celery and parsley.
Studies have shown that people who work in communal gardens experience less depression and sleeplessness. The physical activity in the sun and hours of being mentally engaged in gardening result in a higher metabolism during the day, so that you feel more relaxed at night and have less problems sleeping. Being in nature also reduces negative emotions like anxiety and anger, replacing them with peacefulness and tranquility.
Connection With Others
Landscaped gardens and communal spaces for gardening are places where you can gather and socialize with friends and family members. As such, retirement homes with green spaces reduce loneliness and give people a sense of security and connection. In addition, it helps you to expand your network of friends and makes you feel a sense of belonging.
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In our retirement home, our family members enjoy scenic views of landscaped gardens that put them in a pleasant and tranquil state of mind every day. Find out about the benefits of staying with us today!