As we age, it is increasingly important to engage in activities that stimulate our minds, lift our spirits, and promote a sense of purpose. This is why Petal+Eon strives to make flower arranging accessible to seniors, with our curated flower-arranging kits and virtual workshops! There are numerous benefits of floral design for seniors, especially for those with dementia. Keep reading to explore the unique advantages of flower arranging for elderly individuals, whether enjoyed at home or as a group activity at a senior living facility.
Flower arranging engages multiple senses, making it an ideal activity for seniors. The vibrant colors and fragrant scents provide sensory stimulation and rejuvenate the mind. A much-needed experience that can help break up the days in a living facility. Meanwhile, touching and smelling the flowers can evoke memories and create a calming experience. For dementia patients, this can trigger positive emotions and improve their overall well-being.
Common among the elderly, especially those in senior living facilities, are feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression. A group flower-arranging workshop is a great activity to work into an event schedule, encouraging social interaction and fostering community. Personally, it will also promote a sense of accomplishment! It is important for seniors to feel that they have a purpose, and flower arranging will allow them to express their creativity and take pride in their creations. Thereby boosting their self-esteem and generating a sense of joy and fulfillment.
Improve Cognitive Function
One of the main benefits of flower arranging for seniors is the impact on their cognitive function. This type of activity requires skills such as attention, problem-solving, creativity, and even memory. Choosing their flowers, identifying colors, and arranging them in a pleasing manner will require focus and mental dexterity. As does following along with our online workshops, led by a professional florist. And for dementia patients, flower arranging can assist with mental clarity and memory recall.
Flower arranging is well known to be a therapeutic activity. But for seniors, there are also psychological and physical benefits. Starting with a sense of relaxation and mindfulness, thanks to the repetitive nature of flower arranging. It is very similar to meditation, calming the mind and reducing stress. Meanwhile, those with arthritis or limited mobility will benefit from the gentle movements. A great alternative form of exercise, it will promote fine motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination.
Want to see the advantages of flower arranging for elderly individuals? Petal+Eon makes it easier than ever to treat seniors to this engaging activity, solo or in a group setting. Take a look at our curated flower arrangement kits, available in a range of sizes and colors. Each one includes access to a virtual workshop - easily facilitated by an in-house activity coordinator if needed.