I read a newspaper article last weekend that stated that older adults who garden have more of a zest for life and feel younger than those that don’t garden.
A survey conducted by researchers from Texas A&M and Texas State Universities showed that adults age 50 and over who spent time gardening were likely to be healthy, energetic and optimistic about the future. 84% of gardeners said they had made plans for things they will be doing in one month or one year, while only 68% of non-gardeners had made similar plans. The study also suggested that gardening is better for mental well-being than doing puzzles indoors.
I don’t think that you need a university survey to find this information, you just need to chat with someone whilst they are working in their garden or allotment. Passion, strength and energy are immediately apparent. Future planning is critical for gardeners, optimism is essential and crosswords are for winter and rainy days only.