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Spring has arrived. We’re delighted to see flowers popping up all over our campus, from daisies to tulips to pretty flowering trees. All of that lush greenery and bright color is such a treat after a long winter. But did you know that it has health benefits for seniors, too?
Flowers Improve Seniors’ Outlook
Researchers at Rutgers University studied the effects of flowers on seniors. They found that the presence of flowers has positive effects on mood and behavior. Most notably, seniors with flowers in their homes experienced:
Researchers say that the positive impact is more than just our association with flowers as gifts. They’ve suggested that there could be many reasons for our delight. Flowers can signify a plant has fruit, and the colors, shapes, fragrances, and textures stimulate many of the senses.
Colorful Flowers, Inside and out
You can bring the mood-boosting benefits of flowers and greenery indoors, too. Indoor plants and the vibrant colors they inspire benefit everyone! Here are some tips for bringing spring’s blossoms – and all of their healthful benefits – indoors all year round.
Not only does color change the feel of a room, it can also improve a senior’s mood and abilities. Warmer colors like oranges and reds improve focus and appetite. Cooler colors such as lavender and blue are calming and encourage reflection. Pink has been shown to bring calm, and natural green hues that evoke the outdoors are both calming and balancing.
FountainView at College Road is a glatt kosher senior living community in Rockland County, NY.