Many retired Comox Valley residents look forward to the time we have to spend in our gardens.
The thought of “downsizing” may have seniors thinking they have to give up gardening all together, as well as all the benefits that go along with it. Some seniors may find time for gardening for the first time in their retirement, but don’t know how to start in a manageable way.
An article by AgingCare.com reminds us that at any age, “gardening stimulates all of the senses: awakens our connection with nature and with each other; and rewards us with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. It’s restorative, even when a person has dementia.”
With a bit of planning, and sometimes some support, we can garden at any age.
As most gardeners already know, gardening is a great way to get moderate-intensity exercise, burn calories and stay flexible. However, we might have to adjust some of the bending, lifting, squatting and kneeling that is a part of planting, weeding, pruning and maintaining a garden. Or we might need adapted tools and even different types of gardens to grow.
(SOS) Support Our Seniors Comox Valley will have a presentation and discussion about modifying the garden and adapting techniques as we age to keep us gardening indefinitely.
SOS welcomes all seniors and people who care for and about them to come and share your hints and ideas. Attend our topical discussion and stay for refreshments and our second hour when we talk about important issues of concern to seniors.
SOS meets Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower Native Sons Hall. Everyone is welcome. It’s free, but donations are appreciated.
For more information, phone Jennifer at 250-334-2321.
— Support Our Seniors Comox Valley