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3 Gardening Tips for a Senior Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield CT

Alzheimer's Care in Fairfield CT

Spring is a time when people get outside and begin doing more activities in the sun and nicer weather. Gardening is one of the most popular activities that people all across the country take part in, whether the garden is at their own home or at a community garden in town. For somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, gardening can be a great way to get exercise, stay focused and positive on a daily basis, and do something fun with other people, whether it’s friends or family.

Gardening for somebody diagnosed with any form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, requires proper care, guidance, and planning. Depending on where the person is with regard to their disease, they may have significant memory related challenges.

Here are three tips that can help a family member, friend, or caregiver supporting a senior with Alzheimer’s who wishes to continue gardening this year.

#1: Keep things simple.

A garden can be quite complicated, especially if there are many different plants and vegetables that require various levels of care. It’s a good idea to keep the garden as simple as possible.

For example, focus on growing only the simplest, easiest to maintain plants and vegetables this year. That may include tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, or lettuce.

#2: Do the same thing every day. 

Developing a routine is important for many reasons. Not only can it benefit the person with Alzheimer’s in the years ahead, but the more often they do the same thing every day, the more it becomes a habit.

A habit may be able to provide some comfort to somebody who has suddenly become confused, forgetful, or anxious about their surroundings.

#3: Make sure the senior has support. 

Physical support may very well be incredibly important for somebody who has certain physical limitations. As people get older, their strength will diminish naturally over time. Keeping fit to exercise is incredibly important, but it may not be enough for them to maintain balance properly.

Another complication with regard to Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia is memory loss. If the senior goes out to the garden to work, becomes forgetful, and wanders off, it can lead to a potentially dangerous situation.

By following these simple gardening tips, it should help promote a healthier and safer season for anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who wishes to continue gardening. Keep in mind that even though it may be the end of May or early June, there is still time to get that garden planted and growing this season.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fairfield, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

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Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and
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