Summer Activities: Outdoor Gardening for Seniors

There is something unique about summer that brings life out of everyone and everything. Those warm-breezy days filled with the sun are upon us once again, and of course, people are searching for exhilarating summer activities.

Gardening might not rank top on the list of summer activities for most individuals. However, it is arguably the best activity for seniors. Besides being fun and purposeful, gardening can have a positive impact on your health. Join us as we discuss the various benefits of gardening for the older generation.

Benefits of Outdoor Gardening for Seniors

Reducing Stress Levels

Seniors dealing with anxiety and stress will find peace and comfort in gardening. According to research, this activity reduces levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress. Low cortisol levels mean less stress, normal blood pressure, and improved body metabolism. Furthermore, the seniors will exhibit a positive mood after spending time in the garden. The activity will allow them to relax and provide them with a sense of pride and achievement.

Stimulates The Mind

Gardening stimulates the mind in several ways and forces people to practice being available daily. The activity forces you to interact with plants, water, and other elements of nature while engaging all your senses — sight, touch, smell, and even taste. This can help increase one’s self-esteem, reduce anger, improve mood and boost overall psychological well-being.

Improves Immune System

Yes, gardening is messy–all the digging and watering can leave you with dirt everywhere. But surprisingly, a little dirt can have a significant benefit to your health. Garden soil is home to several friendly micro-organisms. On such micro-organism is Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium that feeds on decaying organic matter. According to studies, this bacterium can reduce inflammation and offer protection against stress. The bacterium can boost your immune system and alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, asthma, allergies, etc.

Boost Attention Span

With old age, losing concentration, especially when dealing with complex issues or tasks, is quite easy. Participating in gardening activities like planting vegetables, picking flowers, watering, and others can help prolong an individual attention span. As a result, seniors can stay focused on tasks, daily life topics, and conversations for longer without getting distracted. Also, gardening has a positive impact on your mood.

Promotes Exercise

Besides being fun, gardening can help seniors exercise regularly. Remember, lack of exercise can trigger a variety of health issues, including heart diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, etc. Things like raking, digging, and weeding can help older people meet their minimum daily exercise requirement.

Exercises promote the release of endorphins in your brain. These hormones play a crucial role in reducing depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental issues. By exercising, seniors can stay fit and enjoy improved mental and emotional health.


Without a doubt, gardening has a positive impact on the physical and emotional well-being of seniors. It provides them with a way to clear their mind, reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, exercise and become one with nature. It is also the best activity to encourage positive mental stimulation and social bonds. If you would like to learn more about the outdoor activities Pomeroy Living offers, contact us today or email us at

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Manda Ayoub

Manda is a nurse and a licensed nursing home Administrator in the state of Michigan. She has worked through all aspects of the post-acute healthcare industry, holding various positions including Infection Control Nurse, In-service Director, Quality Assurance Director, Risk Manager and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.