Flowers and plants can improve memory function and lower depression in Seniors.
The health benefits (both mental and physical) of having flowers and plants around you is well researched.(link to BF article). Flowers are known to lessen stress and improve emotional well-being, even for those who are in the hospital.
However, those benefits can have an even bigger impact on Seniors, a recent Rutgers study has found. Specifically, researchers discovered that being given flowers helped seniors in three areas of concern for that age group. The participants in the study who were given given flowers:
- reported a significant increase in happiness/decrease in depression
- performed higher on everyday memory tasks
- were more engaged socially, widening their usual circle of contacts
“Happier people live longer, healthier lives…Our research shows that a small dose of nature, like flowers, can do a world of wonder for our well-being as we age,” says Dr. Jeannette Haviland- Jones, professor of psychology and the director of the Human Development Lab at Rutgers.
Other studies have also found that flower arranging not only provides the benefits listed above, but also helps Seniors exercise their fine motor skills and encourages healthy joints.