Garden tools ‘can be a big help for older Brits’

Garden tools are obviously a key requirement for green-fingered Brits who love to get to work outdoors.

However, some people could find more use for them than others – and indeed, Anne Springer, public relations director of SeniorCare – an agency on ageing based in Cape Ann in the US, claims that this is the case for older people.

In an article for the Gloucester Times, she acknowledged that it can be very frustrating if physical limitation obstructs an individual's passion for whatever pastime they enjoy.

However, she claimed that there are plenty of options for those with disabilities such as arthritis to make gardening a simpler task.

The expert said that loppers and hedge trimmers can reduce the effort of keeping tall plants in shape by around 50 per cent.

Furthermore, long-handled implements – such as those found in MowDIRECT's range of tree pruners – can help to trim plants without the need for awkward stretching or bending.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently recommended good care is also taken with the garden equipment itself, as this can help to reduce the chances of injury.

Spokesman for the organisation and orthopaedic surgeon Christopher Doumas explained that many gardening injuries are caused by back strains, adding that this can be prevented if people plan carefully.

"Creative older and disabled people with a love for gardening can usually find a way to continue their passion by altering their methods, finding tools that can help and accepting some friendly help from others with the same passion," Ms Springer commented.

She also suggested that people can plan their garden around their personal requirements. For example, a wheelchair user can position flower beds wide enough apart to allow them to have access and take care of the plants – adding that a raised bed could also be a good choice.

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