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Gardening for active elderly

Hi, I am a student looking into gardening for the elderly, maybe around picking up and moving objects/heavy items around the garden. Any thoughts and ideas from anyone of any age about problems in the garden will be greatly appreciated! image

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    So you've been given a project a school / college / university and you've no idea what to do or how to emphasise with the old yet active.

    Do you have any interest in gardening yourself? Yes this will affect how we use our time to help you. Those elderly yet active haven't got long to live we can't waste it on every school homework; we've abseiling booked at one and yoga at four.

    Fortunately for you this question has been asked and answered many many times: the search function is your friend use it liberally!

  • I find that the ability to think outside the box and a basic knowledge of physics helps.

    All that was needed to move giant slabs of rock from Wales to Wiltshire in neolithic times. And a bit of muscle as wellimage

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,117

    I FIND A PHONE CALL AND THE OFFER OF WAD OF CASH USUALLY RESULTS IN SOMEONE WITH A STRONG YOUNG BODY TURNING UP AT MY DOOR TO DO THE JOB.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,210

    It doesn't actually matter what age the gardener is, heavy lifting can be a problem. If you think about the routine work in gardens you will be able to frame many areas for consideration. You might find that DOING some gardening would help you to appreciate what is involved.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,883

    Surely rolling any heavy object onto a sack trolley is good enough, don't think it needs studying. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,600

    I'm not sure if I class as " elderly".

    At what age do you think " elderly" applies?

    Devon.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,452

    //I FIND A PHONE CALL AND THE OFFER OF WAD OF CASH USUALLY RESULTS IN SOMEONE WITH A STRONG YOUNG BODY TURNING UP AT MY DOOR TO DO THE JOB.//

    What job do you have in mind, Pansy!?!

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,117
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,883
    Hostafan1 says:

    I'm not sure if I class as " elderly".

    At what age do you think " elderly" applies?

    See original post

     Best not mentioned Hosta???

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • 40??? When I started grammar school my mum was 34. An ancient relic in my eyes!!!

    She's still and ancient relic...heading towards SSSI.

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