Earth Day at Any Age

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Did you know that Earth Day is celebrating its 43rd anniversary next Monday (April 22)? That makes it about two decades shy of senior status, but it’s still an impressive milestone.

One of the many joys of Earth Day is that it is something that people of every age can observe and enjoy together. People from age two to 102 (and beyond) experience the same delight from watching something they planted sprout into life; the same enrichment from reading books and learning about stewardship of the earth; and the same wonder from pondering the vast miracle of our planet.

At Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon, many of our clients have their own Earth Day rituals that they share with their friends, family members and CAREGivers. Some of our all-time favorite Earth Day activities with seniors include:

Planting a container garden:
Even if our clients only have a window sill, a container garden provides a little patch of earth in which they can grow herbs, certain produce like cherry tomatoes and flowers. This helps them not only enjoy a pastime they may have thought was behind them, it also gives them a sense of connectivity, growth and renewal. Container gardening is also a great hobby for seniors with access to larger outdoor spaces: they can plant a bit more, but it’s still very manageable for those with limited stamina or mobility issues. Click here for some tips to get you started.

Getting involved
: Whether it’s helping to organize a recycling effort in their community or starting a letter writing campaign, Earth Day can inspire seniors to action. This not only gives them a new sense of purpose, it can also give them more opportunities to engage with others.

Conservation conversation
: Many seniors like to point out that some of the things we do today to promote environmental awareness (e.g. recycling glass, bringing a lunch box rather than brown bagging it, walking instead of driving) were par for the course back when they were growing up. Earth Day is a great opportunity to ask seniors about how they conserved before conserving was cool.

For more ways to engage with a senior in your life, call Home Instead of Central Oregon at 541-330-6400 or Like us on Facebook.


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