Maplewood Sauk Prairie reveals the benefits of gardening.

Gardening days are not gone forever just because you are growing older.  In fact, research has proven that gardening provides a lot of benefits for seniors.  The rewards are the same whether it is container or land plot gardening.

Gardening is dual purposed being both relaxing and therapeutic.  Various tasks that keep the mind sharp are part of the gardening process.   Another contributor to a keen mind is the simple act of being outdoors; it reduces stress, irritability and depression – all things contusive for a restful sleep.   Also fresh air improves focus and concentration.

A University of Arkansas study found that weight-bearing activities done during the gardening process increased bone density and reduced the risk of osteoporosis.  Digging in the dirt, lifting a watering can and pulling weeds help build motor skills.

A sense of purpose and accomplishment can be found by nurturing and caring for another living thing.  It is rewarding to see the fruits of your labor in the form of scrumptious fruits and vegetables or beautiful blossoms.

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