March 29th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
As we age, there are certain adjustments needed in the various activities that we do. One activity that many love to do as they age is gardening. To be safe and have a pleasant experience in this activity, the following are some tips to look at that may help you.
Before gardening, try doing some stretching exercises to warm up your muscles. To avoid getting too tired and having lots of aches and pains at the end of the day, it’s a good idea to work a little at a time then rest some. Accidents are more prone to happen when you get too tired. A walking stick or cane may be something to think about using while outside, especially if there are uneven spots in your yard. Also be careful if there are slanted areas or drop-offs close by because your balance is not as good as it used to be.
To make sure there are no hazards that could be harmful to you, ask someone in your family, a friend or neighbor to walk around the yard with you to make sure everything is in order and there are no roots sticking out, sidewalk or driveway cracks, unstable steps or any other hazard you see. Have someone build a raised garden bed so bending won’t be a problem. Have pots around to plant vegetables and/or herbs for easy access. These are good ideas, especially for those who have arthritis or other joint diseases.
As a senior, if you are ever tempted to climb a ladder or stand on a chair to reach something – DON’T! Get someone to help you. You aren’t as steady on your feet, let alone on a ladder. Also, be sure to carry your cell phone or medical alert device at all times in case you fall or have any other emergency.
Gardening is a great activity to help keep you active as a senior. For help when a family member isn’t available, please contact Loved Ones for at home care. We will assist you and give you and your family peace of mind!