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Assisted Living Seniors Stay Healthy Growing Fresh Air

Indoor plants and flowers are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but many people are not aware that they are also good for your health and well being. They purify indoor air caused by toxic substances emitted from plastic coating, varnishes, adhesives, detergents and synthetic resin. Growing indoor plants increases humidity, which is good for skin and they kill bacteria and reduce electromagnetic emissions from appliances.  A NASA study found that common houseplants do improve air quality. In fact, they reported that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in a 48 hour period.

To get the resulting benefits, the study recommends fifteen to eighteen “good sized” houseplants in six to eight inch diameter containers for a 1,800 square foot house. That figure translates to approximately one or two plants in a bedroom for example. Walking into the great room of an assisted living facility will likely delight you with a variety of luscious green houseplants and eye appealing fresh flower arrangements. Many residents are carrying this healthy hobby into their private rooms as well. Aside from being welcoming and beautiful accessories, certain houseplants can help to create a healthier environment.

Placing a Peace Lily in the bathroom can help prevent mold. Having a Boston fern in your bedroom can help moisturize your skin. Some houseplants can actually optimize brainpower, enhance immunity and improve sleep quality. While most plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen during the day, the flowery Gerbera Daisy variety goes to work at nighttime executing the same process.  Having a vase full of the fresh cut flowers or growing the colorful daisy in a bedroom will contribute to easier breathing and deeper sleep. Higher levels of atmospheric oxygen are found to stabilize breathing and increase the duration of sleep by as much as ten percent.

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The Gerbera has daisy like flowers, which can bloom as single, double or crested double petals on long stems. They are available in a variety of colors including brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and snowy white. With proper care, the Gerberas will flower continuously for four to six weeks. Although in warm climates, the plants are a perennial, they are generally regarded as an annual.
Indoor ventilation saps moisture from the air, leaving many people suffering from itchy, parched skin. The classic Boston fern so popular in the 70s has made a comeback. It is not surprising they were so widely used in bars and restaurants because they act as air purifiers and humidifiers. However, Boston ferns have been around long before the 1970s. During the 19th century, they frequently hung from porch rafters like living umbrellas during the Victorian era. The lacy, chartreuse green fronds on the plant help restore moisture to the air by releasing water vapor in exchange for atmospheric pollutants, which they convert to fuel.

If beauty conscious green thumbers are longing for the smooth skin of tropical Tahitian dwellers, then hanging around under the fronds of a Boston fern is a must. The plants are easy to grow if planted in rich potting soil and treated to a warm water mist on occasion. Another high powered purifier is the prolific Spider plant. Its numerous fast growing leaves make the spider plant a powerful air cleaner. Microscopic openings in the leaves filter harmful substances and absorb mold spore allergens and traces of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde (a colorless gas emitted by some carpet materials and furniture). This can protect against wheezing, headaches and brain fog. Often referred to as the “granny” plant, African violets are small, fuzzy leafed plants with delicate blooms the deep purple color that has been said to signify royalty and inspire creativity. Surrounding yourself with purple stimulates the release of the hormone, Adrenaline. The color purple is also said to trigger the release of endorphins, which help reduce stress and improve overall mood.

Often a plant found in study areas, home libraries and on work desks, English Ivy is known to absorb and chemically neutralize benzene. The chemical benzene is a colorless toxin found in some paper products and emitted from certain office equipment. It is the perfect workplace plant since benzene can slow thinking and break concentration by influencing the central nervous system. If the goal is to think and stay focused, English Ivy is the plant that belongs in your cubicle or on the credenza behind your desk. The body responds to flowering plants of any color by boosting oxygen flow to the brain, which aids in relaxation. The healthier the plant, the more it purifies the air and protects against toxic pollutants.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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