There is something about planting seeds and helping them grow that brings joy to oneself. The added benefits of the abundant fruits and vegetables packed with nutrients enhance our health and well-being. Horticulture therapy is one of the most common therapy programs offered in senior care. According to the Journal of Environmental Reseach and Public Health, “Due to a rapidly aging population in the world, it is increasingly pertinent to promote successful aging strategies which are cost-effective, easily accessible, and more likely to be acceptable to the elderly.” This therapy program has helped enhance the health of many individuals as well as reduce depression, anxiety, stress, and body mass index. Here’s why gardening is so beneficial for seniors.
Horticulture therapy is known to have great effects on our moods and has the ability to reduce stress. The reason behind this is because of the harmless bacteria that live in the soil. This bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, increases serotonin levels in the brain which controls and improves cognitive functions and mood. The increased functionality of the mind is one of the most invaluable benefits that come from getting your hands dirty in the garden.