Gardening is a wonderful physical and emotional activity for seniors. It is an opportunity to reminisce about times gone by while reaping the benefits of sunshine, fresh air and gentle exercise
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Gardening is a wonderful physical and emotional activity for seniors.

It is an opportunity to reminisce about times gone by while reaping the benefits of sunshine, fresh air and gentle exercise.

This activity is suitable to small groups, say 3 or 4 residents.

Note:

  • Gardening sessions should last 40 minutes to 1 hr.
  • Shovels and other gardening tools may be adapted to the needs of individuals.

Object:

  • Promotion of physical activity.
  • Aid cognitive function
  • Stimulate long term memory.

Materials:

  • Small shovels
  • Gloves
  • Secateurs
  • Watering cans
  • Plastic plant pots donated by staff, relatives and neighbours.
  • Potting mixture.
  • Plant cuttings, seeds and seedlings.

If you don't have an elevated garden bed, you can make do with a couple of tables joined together and a plastic table cloth.

In my personal experience I find that plant cuttings are preferable than seeds, however you may try both. 

Instructions:

  • Find a suitable outdoor area, away from the sun.
  • Give each resident a small shovel. If they want to use gloves assist them.
  • Start the activity by filling pots and demonstrate by planting a seedling or small cutting. You will be surprised how they will get involved in this activity with minimum guidance.
  • Encourage residents to water pots and other plants around the facility with small watering cans.

Reminisce!

  • Encourage resdients to reminisce about their own garden.
  • Talk about plants and vegetables they used to plant.
  • Ask which is their favourite and how they ate and cooked their vegetables.

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Deb 4th Apr 2017
We just got some amazing gardening tubs. At waist height the residents are up to them everyday, watering and weeding ..Lots of TLC ......and conversation held over the plants!
Wendy Fredette 24th Feb 2017
Gardening seems to be a very popular activity with seniors since so many worked in gardens in their life time. I brought in a very eclectic variety of seeds which seemed to delight the folks and maintain interest. I found more farming stories came from the men in the group and they shared their knowledge of how to work large fields and crops. So interesting! We are very fortunate to have a beautiful garden area at our facility and during nice days the seniors want to be stay outside for hours! We have a large hat rack full of many styles plus sunglasses and sunscreen by the entrance so our folks stay protected. Come on summer!
Talita 27th Feb 2017
oh yes you are fortunate Wendy! Thanks for your feedback! Here in Australia we are entering Autumn after a lovely long summer.
Sherrie 1st Nov 2016
I am finding this web site very interesting as i have being do lifestyle for 12 months and thoroughly enjoying it but sometimes you need more ideas thank you everyone for your ideas.
Talita 7th Nov 2016
Thanks for your feedback Sherrie, it is much appreciated.
Kellie-Anne 16th Feb 2010
This is a wonderful idea i have been doing gardens for the past 12 months started with small pots outside residents rooms and now have a large veggies patch were residents can grow their own veggies...... I have very happy resdients yayaya

Cheeers Kellie :~)
maria 28th Nov 2009
Instead of small shovels you could use second hand spoons and forks.
debbie borlase 19th May 2009
just have come across this and think it awesome. been doing activities for 8 years and some times diferent things is a plus cheers debs
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