Spending time outdoors is great for both mental and physical health, especially seniors. Spending just half an hour outdoors every day can greatly improve your overall state of being.
Benefits of the Outdoors
- Relieve anxiety and symptoms of depression
A study at the University of Michigan discovered that group nature walks were resulting in a reduced levels of depression, reduced stress, better mental health and well-being. Smelling the freshly cut grass, seeing the vivid colors of the outdoors and breathing fresh air all went a long way in lifting spirits. It improves self-esteem as well.
- Promotes better sleep
Being outdoors makes you more active as you walk around a bit more. Research has shown, that the more active you are, the better you sleep. So being outdoors during the day can help reduce symptoms of insomnia in elderly residents.
- Improved immunity
Research has shown that being outdoors increases the white blood cell count, and can effect this count for several days after being outdoors. It also increases the level of Vitamin D in your body, and helps protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer.
- Boost energy levels
Being outdoors provides residents with a greater feeling of vitality, and can make them more resistant to illnesses. It can boost overall health and help them experience less pain as well. It is also a great way to meet more people and feel energized by the social interaction.
At Split Rock, we help our residents enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We take them outside so they can enjoy the weather. During the summers, we organize gatherings on the patio to help them socialize, enjoy the scenery and the sun. Refreshments such as juice and chips are provided, as is music, and the residents have a wonderful time socializing and telling each other jokes.