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June 04, 2022

Benefits of Gardening for Seniors


Seniors can benefit from gardening in many ways. From burning calories, to muscle strengthening, gardening gets the body moving by requiring bending, squatting, stretching and pulling. Gardening a few hours a week provides a great physical workout to help keep seniors fit and strong.

Planning out gardens and deciding what to plant, along with the plan to take care of a garden requires critical thinking skills that will help to reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Vitamin D is very important for our health and with gardening we can achieve a few hours of exposure without overdoing it. A wide rimmed hat allows for adequate sun exposure for our health while protecting our skin from too much exposure.

Gardening helps to keep the brain and body in sync. It increases hand/eye coordination and lowers stress production cortisol levels while increasing serotonin which is a calming chemical in the brain that puts us in a better mood.

Whether you are currently living alone or in a retirement residence, you can either plant a garden on your balcony in raised boxes or help to plant fruit and vegetables in a community garden. It will not only make the area around the garden more beautiful, but it will also produce more oxygen into the air and improve air quality for all.

Spring is the best time of the year for all of us to stop and smell the roses, or even better, to plant a few plants of our very own!

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SDA chose the first-ever Canadian, Chef Divakar Raju, Corporate Manager of Culinary Services at Delmanor in Canada, as Corporate Dining Executive of the Year.

According to Chef Divakar’s nominator, Michelle White, General Manager at Delmanor Elgin Mills, his involvement in the Delmanor Community expands the walls of the 5 residences. “Chef D inspires everyone with his work to be a leader in the industry, mentor his staff, and pay it forward to meaningful charitable organizations,” Michelle said.

He and his team have worked to increase satisfaction scores of Delmanor residents in terms of meal presentation, dining room atmosphere, nutritional balance, timeliness, and variety.

“Through Chef D’s seamless ability to connect with a variety of people, he can bring everyone together, enabling them to reach goals,” Michelle said. “His energy, innovation, and ability to continuously find new ways to collaborate with his team, residents of the Delmanor communities, and the world around him truly set him apart.”

SDA would like to thank all of those who submitted an award nomination. “We appreciate hearing from our members and receiving so many exceptional nominations,” Harris said. “The SDA awards program ensures that the very best in this industry receive appropriate kudos from their peers and give all senior dining professionals something to aspire to.”

Watch for details regarding the 2021 award submission process.

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