Mont. County Public Health offers a few gardening tips

Montgomery County Public Health has offered tips for gardening safety for seniors, as follows:

Gardening is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages, especially senior citizens. Gardening has many benefits not only physically it also is great at improving memory.

Gardening helps maintain joint mobility and flexibility, relieves stress and depression, plus rewards you with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Gardening may seem easy, but there is physical activity involved, which is why it’s important for seniors to take extra precautions when gardening.

Keep yourself covered

∫ Wear a hat or use sunscreen to protect from sun UV rays.

∫ Wear gloves to prevent contact with chemicals and bacteria.

∫ Wear long sleeves and long pants to reduce the risk of harming your skin.

Knowing your limits

∫ It’s important to know your limitations.

∫ Respect your limitations or else you could end up doing something that could have an adverse effect on your health and or /safety and end your gardening long term.

∫ Do not focus on what you can’t do but focus on what you can do.

Make your garden accessible

∫ Keep everything at a higher level such as raised flower beds.

∫Vertical planting prevents bending and stooping.

∫Choose plants that do not require frequent watering. Frequent watering may be a struggle.

Clear away hazards

∫ Inspect your garden for roots, rocks and uneven ground.

∫ If it has been raining, take extra precautions due to slippery ground.

∫Wear shoes with good traction.

Stay hydrated

∫ Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration.

∫ Drink plenty of water.

∫ Dehydration can cause dizziness, fever, low blood pressure, lethargy, and can even lead to seizures.

Use the right tools and equipment

∫ Use garden tools that are lighter and easier to handle.

∫ If you have limited mobility, do not use potentially dangerous power tools.

∫ Use a cane or a walking stick to help navigate in the garden.

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