Caregiver in Great Falls VA
Many seniors love gardening; but not all seniors have the space in which to grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, or plants. That’s where acommunity garden can be beneficial.
Communities and individual farms all over the United States allow community gardens, in which local citizens—either collectively or individually—can have “ownership” of a small section. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, community gardens are “collaborative projects on shared open spaces where participants share in the maintenance and products of the garden,” including healthy, affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.
Whether working a garden of their own or a community garden, seniors can derive so many benefits from it. Cognitively, gardening offers new skills while providing opportunities to utilize current or past skills, pay attention to tasks, make decisions and follow simple instructions. From a physical standpoint, they are doing exercises by focusing on various motor skills, without even realizing they’re getting exercise. This is important if your loved one isn’t real enthused with traditional exercise. Psychologically, they are getting a sense of self-worth, while developing an attitude that embodies nurturing and having responsibility for a living thing.
There are some community gardens that are strictly for the planting of flowers and the like. Restoration of natural areas and native plant gardens are also popular for some community gardens, while other gardens can have a variety of planting elements such as small orchards, herbs and even butterfly gardens.
As someone providing family caregiving for your loved one, if they want to work on a garden project, you may want to suggest a community garden as a great option for them. It would give them the chance to enjoy their hobby or favorite pastime, while enjoying the outdoors and fresh air. And, in addition to the benefits already mentioned, they could have these, as well:
- They can enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers and plants; or grow and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, thereby being healthier.
- Their social interactions can improve while working toward common goals with others.
- They will be participating in creating green space, while at the same time, potentially beautifying vacant lots. Community gardens can also revitalize certain industrial areas, and revive and beautify public park land, provided the municipality allows a garden project to be established in a park area.
- In some areas where community gardens have been started established, there has been a decrease in violence or other crime-related activity.
To learn about any community gardens in your area, you can contact your local municipality or university extension office, if you have one. They can also tell you if there is any kind of fee associated with having a section of land for a garden and if there are any restrictions on what can be planted there. You can also locate the closest gardens to you by visiting the web site for the American Community Garden Association, listed below.
If you or an aging loved one are considering CAREGIVER SERVICES IN GREAT FALLS, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.