Spring has arrived, and that means senior adults can look forward to spending time outdoors tending to their garden. Whether a person grows a few containers of herbs or an entire yard full of blooms, there are always a few gardening tricks to learn each season. Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma shares the top tips for seniors to keep in mind as they engage in their favorite springtime pursuit.
- Guard Against Sun Exposure – Sun damage can occur even on a cool day, and a person’s skin becomes more susceptible to the harmful effects of direct sun as they age. Be sure to cover up with a wide-brimmed hat and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt. Sunscreen should always be applied to any exposed areas of skin.
- Invest in Ergonomic Tools – Those who suffer from arthritis will find it especially useful to use tools designed specifically for being gentle on joints. Today, many tools are made with cushioned and longer handles that can help to alleviate strain. These models are also lightweight so that gardening tasks are easier.
- Elevate Plants – Many plants can be grown in raised bed gardens that can help to eliminate long hours spent bending and stooping. Flower pots placed upon tables and vertical trellises can also allow many smaller plants to grow in an area that is easier for older adults to access. Store tools on a hanging organizer or shelf that is also easy to access.
- Take Frequent Breaks – It can be easy to lose track of time when engaging in a favorite hobby. Yet, it is important to take breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Stand up, stretch or simply change positions so that no one area of the body gets cramped or strained. During the hotter parts of the day, go inside and drink some water. If possible, try to stick to gardening in the early morning or evening hours.
Enjoying the spring season with favorite or new hobbies is a great way for seniors to stay active. If your or an aging parent or loved one could use a helping hand with daily activities, or transportation for local events like the farmer’s market, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma today. We proudly provide hourly and live-in care Oklahoma families trust, and our caregivers are available 24/7. Call us at 405-285-4191 for more information or to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.