The world has many stressors that prevent us from enjoying our time in life. For seniors, the time spent stressing over various aspects of life, such as their health, quality time with loved ones, and finding things to occupy themselves, take away from their quality of life. Through rock gardening, seniors will find a relaxing activity that won’t take away from the efficiency of their life and will give them something to enjoy.
Gardening is an excellent activity for older adults, as rock gardens require little maintenance. Seniors may include small plants such as cacti or succulents to add more color and vitality to the garden, but even these plants are easy to maintain. From time to time, you may need to clean the rocks of any dirt or dust that gathers. Simply spray the rocks with water and wipe them down with a rag; this will be enough to wash off any particulates.
Collecting Valuable Rocks
Some rocks and minerals look beautiful thanks to their sparkling parts. Some rocks may hold sentimental value from memories on the beach. And some rocks, such as geodes, are rare and exciting to find. Regardless of the stone’s value, there is always room in your rock garden for a new addition. Seniors will have a pleasant time recalling the memories that each stone holds and delighting in the opportunity to reminisce.
One of the benefits of rock gardening for seniors is the creative freedom to design the garden. Gardens that feature regular plants and vegetables need to follow a specific pattern or layout so that the plant life will grow well. But in a rock garden, seniors can choose how they want the rocks to look by positioning them in different spots.
Indoor or Outdoor Options
Rock gardens don’t have to be outside; seniors can plant them indoors as well. An added benefit of rock gardening for seniors is that rocks do not need light or fresh air; they only need to remain clean and away from potential hazards that may cause them to become scratched or chipped.
The activity of rock gardening has multiple benefits for seniors. Any older adults who participate in this relaxing activity will find zen moments that relieve their stress.