- is an enjoyable form of exercise.
- increases levels of physical activity and helps mobility and flexibility.
- encourages use of all motor skills.
- improves endurance and strength.
- helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
- reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation.
Older people often list the burden of maintaining lawns and gardens as a major reason for wanting to move house.
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Their advice includes thinking of different ways of managing a garden if you want to stay where you are. You can:
- get help
- change your garden to make it easier to manage.
If you are eligible for or already receive a Disability Allowance you may be able to use some of that funding to hire a gardener.
Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements to pay for help with garden and lawns.
Or, a family member or friend might be happy to help with your garden work.
Getting help in the garden doesn't mean that you have to stop gardening. You can have limited help with strenuous jobs, such as tree and shrub trimming or mowing the lawns, and continue to do some of the gardening yourself. You can use a gardener as much or as little as you like. As mentioned above, maintaining a garden has important health benefits, including improving coordination and flexibility, increasing exercise, reducing stress, increasing exposure to vitamin D and improving the immune system.
The downside is that gardeners can be costly. Also, gardening is very weather dependent and a gardener may not be always be available when you need them and the weather is right.
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