Ergonomic tools can help older gardeners

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Ergonomic tools can benefit gardeners of all ages, but they may prove especially valuable for older adults. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Gardening has been found to provide a host of benefits beyond ensuring access to fresh fruits, vegetables and seasonal blooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said many gardening tasks qualify as light to moderate exercise, which means raking the leaves and cutting the grass can be just as beneficial as cardiovascular activities like brisk walking or jogging. In addition, a 2017 study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports found that gardening can help aging men and women offset age-related weight gain. And the health benefits of gardening go beyond the physical. In 2014, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine concluded that horticultural therapy may be an effective treatment for peop
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