Being outdoors is good for everyone. Nature may also help protect against the risk of developing certain neurodegenerative disorders.
In a study of millions of seniors who spent time in “green spaces” such as parks or yards, those who lived in areas “with more green space had lower rates of hospitalization for Parkinson’s disease,
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.”
Experts believe that being in nature reduces our stress. We have long known that when we’re in nature, our bodies increase their production of certain feel-good hormones and other chemicals.
While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents in fifty facilities for seniors. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs. www.JewishPavilion.org.
The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues. www.OrlandoSeniorHelpDesk.org