The power of nature can promote seniors’ physical, mental and emotional well-being. Natural environments consisting of green and blue spaces provide abundant opportunities for them to unwind and relax. According to Hans Christian Anderson, “Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”. Indeed, being out in nature surrounded by majestic trees, flower gardens, streams and koi ponds can make for a therapeutic experience and improve the lives of seniors.
Nature Boosts Physical Health
Nature provides a safe and therapeutic space for a variety of physical activities. We can enjoy brisk walking, practice tai chi or do some gardening. These light exercises can help us to stay active, maintain flexibility and improve cognitive function. Research has also found that being physically active can improve the quality of sleep and reduce body aches and pain. Since walking is a simple exercise with many health benefits, we should incorporate it into our daily routine.
Having easy access to parks can encourage our loved ones to become more active. Spending time around trees and plant life has been found to boost immune systems in the elderly. By breathing fresh air, our bodies will produce more white blood cells that can battle viruses and inflammation.
Nature Helps You to Relax
You and your loved ones can also partake in relaxing activities in urban green spaces. Bird watching is a popular activity among seniors. It is a therapeutic activity that allows you to connect with nature, encourages reflection and brings about spiritual healing.
Having picnics in parks is also a great way for you and your loved ones to soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the fresh air. You can invite your family members and make it a regular family outing! Your grandchildren will love the idea of having picnics!
Nature Benefits Your Mental Health
The power of nature can bring about mental and spiritual healing. Research has shown that nature has restorative effects on our moods. Being in nature enhances our sense of sight, smell and hearing. The green scenery, the smell of fresh flowers and hearing the sound of water or chirping birds have been known to reduce stress levels and provide a calming effect on individuals. As such, nature can help us cope with depression and stave off cognitive impairment.
Nature also provides opportunities for seniors to engage in social activities and interact with their peers. By building social connections with others, we can combat social isolation and feelings of loneliness.
Enjoy Nature at Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh
Having easy access to parks and green spaces is vital for our residents in our retirement community. Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh is in close proximity to various recreational spots in Florida such as the Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wigginis Pass State Park and Marco Island. These natural hotspots offer an abundance of opportunities for fun and relaxation. Our team members also organize frequent local outings around town to keep your loved ones active. Spending time in natural environments is incorporated into our residents’ lifestyle and our residents have shown increased participation in outdoor activities, overall improvement in mental and cognitive health, as well as increased social interactions with others. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living programs.