July 31, 2018

Flowers & The

Benefits They Bring To Our Residents

A recent study by Rutgers University indicates that flowers have a positive impact on our emotional health. Flowers are effective in boosting mood, socialization, and overall satisfaction – making floral arranging an ideal activity for seniors.

The benefits of flower arranging include:

· Sensory stimulation. The bright colors, scents, and textures of flowers delight and stimulate the senses.

· Focus and cognition. Working on a flower arrangement exercises parts of the brain responsible for spatial awareness (the ability to be aware of oneself in space) – a major cognitive function when recovering from stroke or orthopedic surgery.

· Preserving dexterity. The fine motor skills required to manipulate and place each flower gives the hands and fingers a good workout.

· Sense of accomplishment. Beyond the activity being a relaxing, low pressure way to socialize and get to know people, the beautiful end result is a very personal accomplishment one can be proud of!