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Gardens at The Neighborhood

Spring is the time of year to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors. Gardening can be both relaxing and rewarding. At Rio Rancho’s only Life Plan community, residents of Neighborhood in Rio Rancho can enjoy 6 garden beds to inspire those seniors who love to garden. These days, you’ll find bright and colorful tulips in the gardens to welcome in the spring weather. Residents take great pride in their garden’s beauty, and they are always eager to show it off to friends and family. Gardening can be such a wonderful way to relax and bring out creativity, too.

A healthy lifestyle. Gardening has been proven to promote good health. This hobby provides seniors with physical activity that can help them stay active and fit. Gardening can also have a positive impact on mental health, as it provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment, reduces stress and anxiety, and can even improve cognitive function. And for those who enjoy health-conscious diets, gardening can help to promote healthy eating habits. Seniors can grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables, which are typically more nutritious than store-bought produce. Overall, gardening is a wonderful way for seniors to improve their health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Social opportunity

Gardening is an excellent way for seniors to promote engage in social activity and connect with others. Seniors who participate in community gardens or gardening clubs in their retirement community can meet other like-minded individuals who share their passion for gardening. This can lead to the formation of strong friendships and social connections that can be incredibly beneficial for seniors’ mental health and wellbeing. Gardening also provides an opportunity for intergenerational social activity, as seniors can involve their grandchildren or other younger family members in their gardening activities. This can be a great way for seniors to pass down their knowledge and expertise to younger generations while also fostering a sense of community and belonging.

Inspiring creativity. Gardening is a creative activity that allows seniors to express their individuality and bring out their creativity. Seniors can use their gardening skills to create unique and beautiful outdoor spaces that reflect their personal style and taste. Gardening involves making choices about the types of plants to grow, the colors and textures to incorporate, and the layout of the garden. These choices provide seniors with the opportunity to exercise their creativity and create something that is truly unique and beautiful.

Many seniors enjoy gardening. It provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment, as well as a way to stay active and engaged with the outdoors. Gardening allows seniors to connect with nature and experience the beauty of plants and flowers. It can also be a form of therapy, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Seniors often find that tending to their garden is a peaceful and meditative activity that helps them to relax and unwind as they enjoy their retirement. It’s a great way for seniors to stay physically active and to get some fresh air and sunlight. Gardening can also be a social activity, as seniors can share their passion for gardening with others and even form gardening clubs or participate in community gardening projects such as the gardens here at the Neighborhood. And for those who love to express their individuality, the hobby can bring endless opportunity for creativity. Gardening is much more than just a hobby – it’s a way of life that brings joy and fulfillment. And that doesn’t have to end when you move into a Life Plan retirement community!

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