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Holiday Retirement residents across the country use their green thumbs to stay healthy.

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Playing inthedirtisn’t justforkids:Seniorsreapthehealthbenefitsofgardening

  • HolidayRetirementresidentsacrossthecountryusetheirgreenthumbstostayhealthy

  • LakeOswego,OR,May17, 2015–Seniorsaroundthecountryareadding gardening totheirlist ofdailyactivitiesthankstothestressreliefand healthbenefitsit provides.And forHolidayRetirementresidents,reaping therewardsof gardening isthatmucheasierthanks totheleadingseniorliving provider’seffortstooffergardening opportunitiesatitscommunities.

  • According totheCenters forDiseaseControlandPrevention(CDC),seniorswhoparticipatein2.5hoursaweekofmoderate-intensityactivitiessuchas gardening canreducetheirriskforanumberofhealth issues,includingobesity,highblood pressure,type2diabetes,heartdisease, and stroke.Gardeningcan alsohelp withstressrelief,improvedepressionsymptoms,and reduce social isolation.

  • “Ourresidents’healthisofutmost importance,which iswhywearededicated tohelping seniorsgetmoving,”said JamisonGosselin,vicepresidentofmarketing,communications,and residentenrichment atHolidayRetirement.“Astheweatherturnswarmer,gardening providesaneasy, accessiblewayforseniorsofall skill levelstoenjoyarewarding,relaxing physicalactivity.”

  • Asseniors increasingly downsizeandmovetosenior livingcommunities,theycanadjust theirgardeningstylestoreapthebenefitsinasmallerenvironment.HolidayRetirement haslaunched aseriesofresourcesfocusedonhelping seniorsenjoytherewards–bothmental and physical–thatgardening has tooffer:

  • Aninfographicthatofferssuggestionstohelp seniorsgardenincomfort

  • Achecklist thatprovideseverything seniorsneed toknowabout starting acontainergardenFromrosestovegetablestoherbs,herearefiveexamplesofblossoming gardensatHoliday

  • Retirementcommunitiesacross thecountry:

  • SouthWind HeightsresidentsinJonesboro,Arkansas, all enjoychipping intomaintaintheseniorliving community’scurbappeal.Residentstaketimetoplant,water,and weed flowerpots and flowerbedsonaregularbasis, withone97-year-old resident dedicatingmuchofhertimeeachdaytogardening.

  • ResidentsatMistywoodinRoseville, California,arelivingup tothecity’sname.Amemorialrosegardenwasbuilt eight yearsagoforresidentstohonorloved oneswhohavepassed away.


Thecommunitygrowsmyriadroses,aswell as perennials,annuals,andevenherbsandvegetablesinaraisedflowerbed built byalocalBoyScouttroop.Herbsandvegetablesareusedinthekitchenwhilerosesareused infloral arrangementsaround thesenior livingcommunity.

ResidentsatAshleyParkinCharleston,SouthCarolina,haveembracedcontainergardeningand nowanxiouslyawait tomatoes,radishes,bell peppers,squash,onions,and variousherbs.Residentsusethefruits(and vegetables) oftheirlaborduringtheAdventureTravel Program,wheretheseniorlivingcommunitymakestastymealsfromdifferent regionsaround the world.

At WhisperingOaksinHermitage,Pennsylvania,residentsdiscovered anewfound hobbywhen oneBoyScouttroopbuilt raised gardening bedsfortheseniorliving communitytoearnhisEagleScout ranking. Thankstohisactofkindness,tomatoes,radishes,onions,peppers,andflowersgrowregularlyand areshared throughout WhisperingOaks.

UniversityPines,anindependentseniorlivingcommunityinPensacola,Florida,welcomed spring withtheplantingofnumerousflowering plants,ferns,andcascading greenery.Thebackyard ofthesenior livingcommunityhasblossomed thisyearthankstoresidentgreenthumbs,nottomentiontheflowerpotsonthefront patiogetting aface-lift forsummer withnewflowers. Thecommunityalsocelebrated EarthDayinAprilbyplanting seedlings,babytree cuttings,andothergreenplantstobring anearthyfeel tothecommunityand toresidents.

Ifyouora loved oneareinterested in learning moreabout gardeningand seniors,visitholidaytouch.com/senior-gardening-tips.

MediaContact:BrianK.FawkesHolidayRetirement(971) 245-8837

[email protected]://www.holidaytouch.com

About HolidayRetirement

Since1971,HolidayRetirement hasendeavored toprovideitssignature“HolidayTouch”toresidentsand theirfamilies.Today,Holidayisa trusted nameinseniorliving and providessecurity,comfort,and valuetoindependent seniorsseeking afulfillinglifestyle.Holidayoperatesmorethan300retirementcommunities,making it thesecond largestseniorhousing operatorintheUnited States.FormoreinformationaboutHolidayRetirement,pleasecall800-322-0999orvisitwww.holidaytouch.com.

Contact:

MollyKoch

CommunicationsStrategyGroup3225East2nd Avenue

Denver,Colo.,80206

720-726-5435

[email protected]://www.csg-pr.com

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