Green care activities

Green care activities

Working with the elderly and how to make your day together successful:

Green care activities

We want to openly share with the family members of the elderly some ideas about the ways you can make your day successful. This time, in our section: Working with the elderly, we discuss the benefits of green care activities at home.

Green care activities involve engaging with nature and can benefit elderly individuals at home. Here are some ways in which elderly individuals can benefit from green care activities:

  1. Improved physical health: Green care activities such as gardening or light outdoor exercise can help improve physical health, such as increasing strength, balance, and flexibility.
  2. Reduced stress and anxiety: Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels in elderly individuals. Green care activities such as gardening or bird-watching can promote relaxation and a sense of calm.
  3. Increased social interaction: Green care activities can be done alone or in groups, providing opportunities for social interaction and connection with others. This can help prevent social isolation and promote mental well-being.
  4. Cognitive stimulation: Engaging with nature and learning about plant and animal life can provide cognitive stimulation and help maintain mental sharpness in elderly individuals.
  5. A sense of purpose: Green care activities such as gardening or caring for plants can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, promoting a sense of satisfaction and boosting self-esteem.
  6. Improved sleep: Exposure to natural light and engaging in physical activity during the day can help regulate sleep patterns, leading to better sleep at night.

In summary, green care activities can provide numerous physical, social, and mental health benefits for elderly individuals at home. Caregivers can encourage elderly individuals to engage in green care activities such as gardening, outdoor exercise, or bird-watching to improve their overall well-being.


Jussi Peltonen
Chair of the board
Hovi Care