Responding to the Importance for Elderly Individuals of Spending Time Outside
Sometimes, families invite an elderly relative to live with them when that person is no longer able to live independently. If that man or woman loves the outdoors and will miss a beautiful yard and garden, the family might have some landscaping done at their home so the relative can enjoy spending comfortable time outside. A smart Pergola is one feature that will be much appreciated.
Being outside regularly has been confirmed to help alleviate mild to moderate depression in elderly individuals. Gerontology experts recommend a minimum of 15 minutes per day outdoors in natural light. Sunlight, even on a cloudy day, boosts serotonin levels, which improves a person's mood. The person might want to have a cup of coffee outside in the morning or eat lunch on the deck or patio.