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\nGardening is an excellent way to enjoy nature, the outdoors, and be active. It can be a social activity, too. For seniors with Alzheimer’s, gardening can be a great way to be preoccupied and minimize boredom, which could agitate them. Individuals who have dementia and other memory conditions tend to become withdrawn and more paranoid as their condition progresses.
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Seniors with Alzheimer’s
Gardening is an excellent way to enjoy nature, the outdoors, and be active. It can
be a social activity, too. For seniors with Alzheimer’s, gardening can be a great
way to be preoccupied and minimize boredom, which could agitate them.
Individuals who have dementia and other memory conditions tend to become
withdrawn and more paranoid as their condition progresses. However, long-term
memories may remain. Gardening therapy can be a trigger for happy memories,
and that is why it is offered by some of the best San Antonio assisted living
There are many other benefits to gardening for seniors with Alzheimer’s. With this
activity, they can experience success, especially if they are good at it and they
enjoy it. They are more likely to build their confidence and feel happier when they
succeed in growing plants and flowers. This makes them more energetic and
pleasant overall, and can even help them sleep better. Gardening activities in San
Antonio assisted living facilities can also encourage a sense of community
especially when enjoyed with other seniors and the staff.
Gardening may help build a sense of purpose in seniors who have Alzheimer’s.
The activity can exercise their body and mind and possibly delay the further onset
of the condition. It may maintain a senior’s existing skill set, too. Gardening may
seem basic and simple, but San Antonio assisted living facilities include it as
part of their residents’ daily schedule when needed. They of course make sure
that each senior receives personal help and assistance especially when handling
Gardening can be a fun and light-hearted activity for seniors with Alzheimer’s,
and caregivers will make sure that each resident is protected during the activity,
too. Proper clothing and protective gear will be provided, as well as sunscreen to
protect seniors from UV rays from the sun. Spacious, well-ventilated, and well-lit
gardening areas in San Antonio assisted living facilities are specially designed
for seniors with Alzheimer’s, too. Raised beds are provided for more accessibility
and enjoyment, and gardens are ideally shaped in a figure eight to prevent dead
ends (which can cause confusion). Plants are carefully chosen to make sure they
are non-toxic and safe, and gardening activities are typically done in the morning
when the weather is still cool.