Your father is an avid gardener. He’s been gardening most of his adult life. You remember growing up having a small garden in the corner of the property. You didn’t have a big house and had less than half an acre of lawn, but there was always room for a garden. Now that he’s in his 80s, you think this is something he should give up, but home care options are available that can allow him the opportunity to continue with this hobby that brings him such joy.
The benefits of gardening.
Before discouraging him from gardening again this year, think about the many benefits it can offer. Most people tend to think about gardening as an activity that produces organic fruits and vegetables. That is certainly going to benefit your father and his health, but there are many other benefits as well.
It helps him get exercise.
Gardening is not an easy activity. Once the garden is tilled, planted, and the fences are set up, if it hasn’t been done already, the rest of the season might seem simple, but it’s not. It still requires weeding, tending to the plants, straightening some, like tomato plants, when they begin to grow in, and plucking the fruits and vegetables as they ripen, before they can hit the ground.
This will provide a great deal of exercise for somebody in their 70s, 80s, or 90s.
The more exercise your father gets, the better it will likely be for his overall health and well-being. His doctor likely recommended he get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. If he hasn’t been to his doctor or he can’t say that he’s ever heard that, he should certainly consult his doctor before taking on any type of exercise routine, even if that includes gardening.
It allows him to get fresh air.
After a long, tough winter being cooped up inside, getting outdoors can offer some invigoration. Your father may feel suddenly five or 10 years younger, but he still needs to be safe.
Hiring a home care aide to support your father doesn’t mean this caregiver is going to be gardening for him, doing the weeding, plucking the fruits and vegetables off the plants as they ripen, and more; it means he or she will be able to support him and keep him safe. This can be a great asset for those seniors who still want to remain active and have a true passion for gardening.