The Elderly in Nature

The discipline of occupational therapy focuses on teaching people with physical limitations how to complete everyday tasks. Some common goals of occupational therapists include helping children with disabilities function in school and social environments, helping injured individuals regain their mobility, and helping elderly adults with physical and cognitive limitations to get through their day to day lives (American Occupational Therapy Association 2018).

But occupational therapists are not only widening their range of treatment options, but also their range of clientele. Life expectancy is increasing, especially in the United States, which has the highest life expectancy for people over the age of 75. This leaves occupational therapists with a new group to focus on: the elderly. This begs the question: what can time spent in nature, during both therapy and recreation, offer the elderly for their physical and mental health?

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Why Gardening May Give You a Healthier, Longer Life

Do you garden? If not, you might want to consider starting!

People have been caring for and harvesting plants since the dawn of time, but as society continues to move into an urban-based lifestyle, fewer people are gardening for themselves. However, while we may no longer need to grow our own food anymore, learning to garden is still a great idea because it can fulfill more than just our physical needs! Whether it be a garden of vegetables, flowers, herbs, or a combination of the three, growing our own plants has been shown to yield psychological benefits that have lasting effects.

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