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Home Gardens Linked to Longevity

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Simply being around gardens, vegetation, and an assortment of green spaces at home may play a role in how long you live. This is the takeaway from a recent long-term study suggesting that women in the United States who live in areas surrounded by some type of greenery have lower mortality rates than their urban-dwelling counterparts.

Improved Mental Health

The 12 percent lower mortality rate observed among women living around vegetation appears to be partially related to improved mental health that includes a lower level of depression. Researchers also attribute the reduced mortality rates observed to:

  • More opportunities for social interactions
  • Reduced exposure to air pollution
  • Higher physical activity levels

Emphasizing the Role of Environment

Among those living in greener areas, researchers observed fewer deaths from respiratory diseases and reduced cancer mortality rates. Realistically, Sonoma County senior care providers know everyone isn’t able to live in an area surrounded by an abundance of greenery. However, the study does provide a reminder of how important it is to embrace what nature has to offer, which can be accomplished by:

  • Taking time to travel to more scenic locations
  • Enjoying community amenities, such as bike trails
  • Making frequent trips to local parks
  • Starting a small garden

Inspiring Neighborhood Layouts

On a grander scale, the study results also provide an added incentive for builders, landscape architects, and city planners to incorporate gardens and other green spaces into their designs. Coincidentally, there’s already a trend in many U.S. cities to incorporate trees and other types of vegetation throughout neighborhoods.

The study considered mortality rates among more than 100,000 women over nearly a decade. In addition to considering the level of vegetation around each participant’s home, the study also accounted for typical mortality risk factors, including lifestyle choices. The findings are especially significant since the results are more concrete than what was suggested by related studies.

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