Seniors enjoy gardening at Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center
ocated at 945 S. College, the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center is conveniently situated near historic downtown Fayetteville and offers an array of activities to engage the senior citizens of the community.
“Here at the center, we have a wonderful exercise program,” stated Center Director Cayla Wilson. “We have our drumming program, which is evidence based to help with coordination, dementia, and depression. It’s a really wonderful exercise to make you feel really less stressed and very happy.”
The seniors can also help with the center’s gardening. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that various physical activities — gardening among them — can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50 percent. Other research nds that horticulture therapy is very engaging for dementia patients and has a positive impact on their overall wellbeing. In addition to this, gardening keeps a person active and reduces stress levels which helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. Gardening also provides an outlet for creativity for the seniors and nurtures a sense of pride and accomplishment when they harvest the produce.
At the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center, the produce from the gardens is harvested and then used in the meals that the senior center’s kitchen prepares.
The 12 year-old center boasts a tness center, billiards room, dining hall and kitchen, exercise yoga room, art game room, library, outdoor patio seating area, and garden. There are plenty of activities to keep any visitor engaged and having fun. “The goal of the senior center is to provide a very positive and caring atmosphere for seniors in our community,” added Wilson.
The Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.