Forget the fountain of youth; new scientific research proves flowers help senior citizens cope with the challenges of aging. The evidence comes from a six-month behavioral study for which SAF partnered with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to explore what effect flowers have on seniors.
SAF’s 2001 Flowers & Seniors Study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age. More than 100 senior citizens participated in the study, during which some received flowers at least once and others did not receive flowers at all.
“Happier people live longer, healthier lives and are more open to change,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones, Rutgers professor of psychology and lead researcher on the study. “Our research shows that a small dose of nature, like flowers, can do a world of wonder for our well-being as we age.”