Depressed? Try Some Flowers

I recently came across some interesting information courtesy of Companion Connection Senior Care, a members-only nationwide affiliation of home care providers, highlighting the link between flowers and memory/cognitive engagement.

In summary, researchers at Rutgers University found that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and enhance memory as we age.

More than 100 seniors participated in the study, in which some received flowers and others did not. The results showed that:

  • Flowers Decrease Depression.  Study participants showed a significant increase in happiness and positive moods when flowers were present.
  • Flowers Refresh Recent Memory.  Seniors performed higher on everyday memory tasks and experienced enriched personal memories in the presence of flowers.
  • Flowers Encourage Companionship.  Seniors who received flowers re-engaged with members of their communities and increased their social contacts to include more neighbors, religious support and even medical personnel.

Specifically, 81 percent of seniors who participated in the study reported a reduction in depression following the receipt of flowers. Think about that for a minute! How easy is it to give the gift of flowers? Results from this data sampling indicate a significant, positive outcome for those seniors who receive flowers, or have flowers in their home.

Also, 40 percent of seniors reported broadening their social contacts beyond their normal social circle of family and close friends. And 72 percent who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

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– John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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