Flower arranging sessions
Once a month at West Eaton we have a flower arranging session. Not only is this a way of brightening up our dining room, but it gives our residents a chance to show their creativity. Beautiful arrangements are always made.
The Victorians introduced us to the language of flowers. At this time of year, daffodils, synonymous with springtime, mean “new beginnings”.
The positive impact of flowers
A 10 month behavioural study recently carried out in The State University of New Jersey, USA explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction. The results show that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. They also have a long term positive effect on moods and make closer connections between family and friends.
Interestingly for us, the study also showed that with elderly people, solace can be found through flower arranging. In particular, the research showed that flowers reduce depression, improve memory and give a sense of community.
We certainly see this with our residents. It always feels such a tranquil time when everyone is immersed in the creativity of their flower arranging. It is also a time of quiet conversation and sharing stories.