Kristi Arpasi, AIFD

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Flowers and Seniors

Flowers enhance the lives of seniors. Flowers are an instant mood-enhancer and provide happiness. In case you need proof of the power of flowers, check out the recent study done by Rutgers University on the health effects of receiving flowers on senior citizens.

There are over 40 million senior citizens in America, and the number grows constantly. Seniors face so many challenges as they age. They give up independence, experience depression, memory loss, health issues, social withdrawal, and loneliness. These all take a toll on their health. Anything that can ease these anxieties would be of great benefit to the aging population. Rutgers University recently conducted a six-month study that demonstrated how flowers ease depression, inspire social networking, and refresh memory.

More than 100 seniors participated in the study, in which some received flowers at different intervals, and others did not receive flowers at all. The results were fascinating, but not surprising, in terms of how flowers help seniors cope with the challenges of aging.

Flowers Refresh Memory

Seniors performed higher on everyday memory tasks and experienced enriched personal memories in the presence of flowers.

Flowers Encourage Companionship

Those who received flowers re-engaged with members of their communities and enlarged their social contacts to include more neighbors, religious support, and even medical personnel.

81 Percent of seniors who participated in the study reported that they experienced less depression after they had received flowers.

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40 percent of participants displayed a change in behavior in terms of social activities, making social contacts beyond their normal circle of family and close friends. Most importantly, 72 percent of the seniors who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

The results of this study are excellent news for anyone wanting to improve the health and longevity of an aging loved one: Make flowers a regular part of their day, and help them live happy, fulfilling lives for years to come!

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