Seniors, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Many seniors have a green thumb and enjoy spending time nurturing houseplants or tending a vegetable garden. However, new research points to a strong link between spending time with plants and a host of surprising benefits. How can houseplants and plant therapy help seniors to thrive?

Decrease Risk of Illness

Plants suck up water through the roots, push the moisture to the leaves and get rid of the rest through evaporation. This process is known as transpiration, and it creates about 10% of the moisture in the earth’s atmosphere. Whenever you take a houseplant indoors, transpiration will add moisture to the air inside of your home. When it’s dry or cold outside, a slightly elevated humidity level can lower your chances of experiencing dry and cracked skin, colds, coughs and sore throats. The flu virus also prefers dry air for transmission and survival, so air with higher humidity can aid in flu prevention.

Breathe Easier

One of the most important jobs that plants have is taking carbon dioxide out of the air and turning it into oxygen. This means that they’re a great counterpoint to humans and animals, who do the exact opposite. Adding houseplants to your home can increase oxygen levels and help you breathe a bit easier.

Keep the Air Clean

Houseplants are also able to help purify the air in your home without ever needing a filter change. Plant leaves and roots can remove small amounts of toxic vapors, like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, in sealed areas. One research study at NASA suggests using one plant per 100 square feet of living space. The best plants for keeping your air clean are:

  • Peace lily
  • Golden pothos
  • English ivy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Snake plant
  • Bamboo palm
  • Azalea
  • Spider plant

Healing

While flowers and plants have been the traditional gift after surgery or a hospital stay for decades, the importance of greenery in the healing process is becoming better understood. A study at Kansas State University found that viewing plants during recovery lowered blood pressure, pain levels, anxiety levels and fatigue. Patients who had plants in the room also gave more positive feedback and had higher treatment satisfaction levels. Introducing plants into the home can have the same effect.

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At Senior Care Lifestyles, we specialize in facilitating the connection between seniors and the right in-home care, assisted living and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for loved ones. Get in touch today by calling 410-977-3718!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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