Navigation Links
Gardening gives older adults benefits like hand strength and self esteem
Date:2/3/2009

Researchers at Kansas State University already have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.

In research to be published in February in the journal HortScience, the researchers discovered that among the other health benefits of gardening is keeping older hands strong and nimble.

"One of the things we found is that older adults who are gardeners have better hand strength and pinch force, which is a big concern as you age," said Candice Shoemaker, K-State professor of horticulture.

Shoemaker is part of a small team of K-State researchers studying the ways in which gardening affects the health of older adults. She works with Mark Haub, associate professor of human nutrition, and Sin-Ae Park, a research associate in horticulture who earned her doctorate in horticulture from K-State in December 2007.

The research appearing in HortScience in February comes from a study that assessed 15 areas of health in older adults, from both those who garden and those who don't. The researchers looked at measurements like bone mineral density, sleep quality, physical fitness, hand strength and psychological well-being.

"We found that with gardening tasks older adults can, among other things, improve their hand strength and self-esteem at the same time," Park said.

Although Shoemaker said that differences between gardeners and non-gardeners showed up in a few health assessments like hand strength, overall physical health and self esteem, results from some of the other areas were more ambiguous.

"If we had a larger sample I think we would see more health differences between those who garden and those who don't, including in areas like sleep quality and life satisfaction," she said.

The results about the positive impact of gardening on hand strength prompted Park and the researchers to explore this area further. They are now analyzing data from
'/>"/>

Contact: Candice Shoemaker
cshoemak@k-state.edu
785-532-1431
Kansas State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Childrens gardening programs grow environmental stewards
2. UBC researcher gives first-ever estimate of worldwide fish biomass and impact on climate change
3. Soybean grant gives researchers tools to unravel better bean
4. Dunn Foundation gives Rice $3M for collaborative research grants
5. Rare genetic disorder gives clues to autism, epilepsy, mental retardation
6. St. Jude study gives new insights into how cells accessorize their proteins
7. USF professor gives historical look at physiology and WWII air war
8. New book gives a human face to children with congenital heart disease
9. UBC discovery unlocks tree genetics, gives new hope for pine beetle defense
10. Research finds older women who are more physically fit have better cognitive function
11. Pain is in the eyes of the beholder
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/24/2014)... Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation ... creating a viable cell replacement therapy for multiple ... For the first time, NYSCF scientists generated induced ... of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and ... these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... how wildlife loss leads to conflict among people around ... Conservation Society (WCS) Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages ... interdisciplinary approach to tackle global biodiversity decline. , The ... the world,s people and provides protein for more than ... as no surprise that today,s unprecedented loss of wildlife, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... NY - July 24, 2014 -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. ... the long-term, randomized, active control Phase 3 study of ... phosphate binder, for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients ... study (PhosphatE binding and iRon delivery with FErric CiTrate ... Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ( ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NYSCF scientists one step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients 2New study draws links between wildlife loss and social conflicts 2Zerenex™ (ferric citrate) long-term Phase 3 study results published in JASN 2Zerenex™ (ferric citrate) long-term Phase 3 study results published in JASN 3Zerenex™ (ferric citrate) long-term Phase 3 study results published in JASN 4
... lost from West Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula over the ... Bristol and published online this week in Nature Geoscience. ... roughly stable, with neither loss nor accumulation over the past ... and colleagues estimated the flux of ice from the ice ...
... a survey across the entire human genome, an international ... Health (NIH) has found evidence that common genetic variants ... role in human height. The findings were released today ... Genetics. The variants most strongly associated with height ...
... Bering Sea. But during this century, the seas ... adapt to greenhouse conditions. All the fish that ends ... USC marine ecologist Dave Hutchins, whose former student at the ... in Marine Ecology Progress Series, a leading journal in the ...
Cached Biology News:Antarctic ice loss 2Researchers uncover new piece to the puzzle of human height 2Researchers uncover new piece to the puzzle of human height 3Researchers uncover new piece to the puzzle of human height 4Greenhouse ocean may downsize fish 2Greenhouse ocean may downsize fish 3
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014  Now available is ... home. Rehealth Regenerative Therapies , located in ... other physically active people a new health option: ... Regardless of age, countless patients suffer from joint and ... such as muscle tears, torn rotator cuff, tennis elbow, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Calif. , July 24, 2014  Asterias ... in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, announced ... of a presentation to investors on Tuesday, July ... PDT.  The presentation will include an overview of ... access the webcast, visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asterias-biotherapeutics at ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014  ECC West Africa, ... Colorado with University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan ... development project to finance, design, construct, and operate and ... Nigeria . Under the first of the ... scoping documents and funding applications. UCH Ibadan intends to ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs ... terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with ... job much easier. , The groundbreaking nanotechnology-inspired sensor, ... University ,s School of Chemistry and Center for ... company Tracense, picks up the scent of explosives ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 2Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Live Investor Webcast 2Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Live Investor Webcast 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Live Investor Webcast 4ECC Signs a Contract for the Finance, Design, and Construction of a Premier Cancer Institute in Ibadan, Nigeria 2Nano-sized chip 'sniffs out' explosives far better than trained dogs 2
... device and technology industries are a major strength of ... the economic health of the state. These industries ... to healthcare technologies and devices. Concentration of this ... producing products and services in the device and technology ...
... I recently traveled to an event in Madison, Wis. that ... Network. It was designed to bring together three geographic locations ... , ,Now ePrairies third eXtreme Networking event (but ... derived from a methodology for dating where men and women ...
... Summit started today. It will be interesting to see if ... Summits. My hunch is that it will not and we ... nothing about high technology. As in the past, the hall will ... are clueless about what to do. , ,If Governor ...
Cached Biology Technology:Mike Rosen Reviews - eXtreme Networking in Madison 2Mike Rosen Reviews - eXtreme Networking in Madison 3Create a Governors Technology Summit 2
... presents PsiPort Mass Directed Auto Purification ... data acquisition system designed for automated ... life science and pharmaceutical discovery programs. ... to simplify high throughput mass directed ...
SP6 RNA Polymerase, 50 l, 20 U/l ,Cap Scribe Buffer, 100 l, 5x conc....
... catalyzes the transfer of the ... 5-terminus of polynucleotides or to ... The enzyme, purified from recombinant ... to phosphorylate RNA, DNA and ...
... Ascent is the first nephelometer ... microplates. Nepheloskan measures light scattering ... for particle quantification. This makes ... in drug discovery, immunoprecipitation, and ...
Biology Products: