A recent study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that American women living in areas surrounded by vegetation had reduced mortality rates that stood out significantly in contrast to those of women who lived in regions without vegetation. While the benefits of being surrounded by plant life have been known for years, more is being found out about why vegetation can have such a major impact on a person’s longevity.
Increased Mental Wellbeing
Spending time in a natural environment is a mood lifter, and older adults surrounded by vegetation are more likely to spend time outside. This exposes them to sunlight, which regulates hormones that affect mental wellbeing. Seniors who take walks outdoors are also more likely to interact with others and avoid social isolation.
If your loved one needs a companion to go along on regular walks, a home caregiver can be a wonderful resource. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elder care. Flower Mound families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Higher Levels of Physical Activity
A person’s level of physical health plays a major role in his or her longevity. Yet those who live in stark, harsh climates are less likely to be active. Green spaces create inviting places for seniors to engage in regular physical exercise, and those who garden are especially able to enjoy the benefits of daily time spent outdoors tending to their plants.
Older adults who need help staying physically active can benefit from professional in-home care. Senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.
Less Exposure to Pollution
Seniors who live in areas surrounded by vegetation are less likely to be exposed to the pollutants that proliferate in urban environments, such as vehicle exhaust. Plants are also natural air filters that can increase the amount of oxygen in the air a senior breathes.
Decreased Rates of Cancer
In the study, women who lived in areas with more vegetation had stronger respiratory systems and decreased rates of cancer. Although more research is being done to confirm this theory, scientists believe this is due to the combination of extra physical activity and the lower levels of exposure to pollutants the women living near plant life experienced over their lifetimes.
Being surrounded by nature is just one of the ways seniors can enjoy a high quality of life and boost longevity. If your elderly loved one needs Flower Mound live-in care, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer a program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to focus on eating nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis, maintaining strong social ties, and other lifestyle factors known to increase longevity. Trust your loved one’s care to the professionals at Home Care Assistance. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call (972) 468-6010 today.