Seniors Celebrating Earth Day: Safe Gardening Tips and 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with your Elderly Loved One | April 22, 2013
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is now coordinated globally and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. Today we are sharing 5 ways for you to celebrate with your elderly loved one and safe gardening tips as you enjoy the earth and spring!
Safe Gardening Tips
Gardening is a wonderful way to celebrate earth day and spring in the coming weeks, but staying safe is an important aspect to enjoy this creative activity. Here are a few tips for seniors:
Know Your Limits: Take breaks and don’t overdo it. You may feel just fine during activities, but the next day your body will feel the extra exercise.
Take Medications: From arthritis to allergies, being outside may increase usual symptoms. Take proper medications in accordance with your specific needs. Consult your doctor before doing any abnormal activity or taking medications outside your normal routine.
Protect Your Body: Make sure that you prepare for activity by wearing layers to make sure you don’t over-heat or chill. Wear sunscreen especially on delicate areas such as face, neck, ears, and chest areas. Even when it is overcast, you still be effected of harmful UV rays. Consider wearing a hat with a brim, gloves, and good walking shoes. The uneven ground can be a fall risk, so consider taking a cane, even if you normally walk freely without it.
Hydrate: Increased activity and sunshine make it easy to dehydrate, especially as we get older. Make sure that you sip water throughout the day and stay hydrated as you work.
Do a Safety Check of the Area: Just like you would your home, make sure that there are no objects in the walk way. Set appropriate chairs or kneeling pads down for planting or pruning activities.
Create a Gardening Table: Set up a table you can sit at to prepare plants and play with their arrangements. Place all your tools, garbage, and needed items within reach. This limits the amount of bending needed.
Don’t Garden Alone: Having a friend, family member, or caregiver out with you can be important for assistance with lifting heavy objects, or in case of an injury. Make a fun social event of it and put out lemonade. If you are unable to do this, consider carrying an alert system or cell phone to call for help when away from the house phone.
5 Ways for Seniors to Celebrate Earth Day with Their Loved Ones
No.1 :: Buy local fresh foods and make a nutritious meal together
No. 2 :: Arrange fresh flowers in the home. For loved ones with dementia, sorting the flowers by type or color may be a soothing activity. Flower arranging is a great creative activity where there isn’t a right or wrong way to go about it and you can affirm that what they make is beautiful.
No. 3 :: Take a nature walk. Getting outside, seeing new things, and enjoying the fresh air is a huge boost to quality of life. Light walking on a regular basis can make a huge impact on longevity and health.
No.4 :: Watch a documentary on a favorite beautiful place on earth such as Ken Burn’s National Park Series, (a documentary of the creation and stories of the national parks with scenes of some of nature’s most spectacular locales), or Earth, (a nature documentary that depicts the diversity of wild habitats and creatures across the planet.)
No. 5 :: Reminisce about favorite places on earth. Ask your loved one about where they played and visited in childhood, places they’ve lived, vacation destinations, honeymoons, etc.
Published on April 22, 2013.