Therapeutic Community Gardens for Seniors in Cohousing
Elder cohousing often contain both
flower and vegetable gardens. Both are therapeutic for seniors.
A community garden is often part of a senior cohousing project. Although flower gardens are therapeutic and add beauty to senior or elder cohousing, a vegetable garden is a welcome addition for several reasons.
Gardens also require bending and stooping, a feat that is hard for some seniors. In this case we recommend raised beds, even raised tables. The therapeutic nature of hands in the soil and watching something of beauty or usefulness grow is too precious to give up to arthritis.
Cohousing community gardens have several features in common:
1. They are almost universally organic.
2. They often provide food for all in the cohousing dining room.
3. They expose cohousing residents to nature and to sources of food.
4. They are therapeutic for most who work in the gardens.
5. They help create important biodiversity in the community. Community gardens create habitat support for insects and birds.
6. They buffer urban noises and sounds.
In summary, they are another source of community building for a cohousing project.
Community gardens do not have to be big. The smallest garden still offers beauty and therapy, even a fair amount of food, for seniors who are fortunate enough to live in cohousing.
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