Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) is a strong advocate for healthier living, which is why they host several seminars about eating more nutrient-enriched food, exercising and overall stresses that seniors should lead active lives. In light of this platform, SCSP is continuing their gardening club throughout the cold season to inspire healthy eating, increase social interaction, and shed winter’s lonely blues. Every Wednesday (until March 14th) from 10am to 11am, seniors are invited to stop by the SCSP multipurpose room for a hands-on gardening experience with Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman.
According to SCSP, “The presence of flowers or any type of -ery in your home can help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and improve your mental acuity. Furthermore, plants are natural air purifiers and have the ability to reduce noise from outdoors, which can further decrease stress.”
Roytman plans on teaching the seniors how to regrow plants from kitchen scraps, since fresh produce is an integral part of maintaining a nutrient enriched diet. However, produce is expensive to purchase every week and if not stored properly, it can spoil easily. Roytman will teach seniors how to get the most out of the fruits and vegetables they eat to ensure a continuous supply without causing them to spend more money. All it involves is patience and a few materials, which will be supplied by SCSP for the gardening club.
“Many of the fruits and vegetables seniors eat can be grown without seeds. They just need to learn which ones and how to maintain them for indoor planting,” said Roytman. A few of the plants the gardening club will regrow are: lettuce, celery, lemongrass, bean sprouts, avocado, potatoes, sweet potatoes and ginger.
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