Sparks Health System kicked off a series of activities geared towards seniors with a free gardening class Wednesday.
Sarah Saulsberry from the River Valley Master Gardeners joined a group of Sparks SeniorExtra members to discuss the health benefits of gardening, which include improving motor skills, increasing flexibility and reducing stress levels.
The group was led on a tour of the Nancy Orr Healing Garden located outside the hospital’s main lobby where they learned about the garden’s history and the types of flowers best planted for the season. Back inside the hospital, the group was given pots and soil before picking which types of herbs they wanted to plant such as Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Mint, and Chives. Each participant took the freshly watered and planted seeds to grow at home.
This event is just one of the many planned this year to promote active, independent and healthy living among our members. As we move forward, our program will transition from SeniorExtra to Senior Circle. In addition to exclusive invitations to health education events and in-hospital benefits, our members will be able to take advantage of both local and national discounts on prescription, vision and travel.
Events vary from health topics to casual activities such as gardening. In May, Urologist John D. Terrell, M.D. will discuss options for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). During the month of June, SeniorExtra members will learn about healthy cooking with a demonstration from a chef. Both events are free to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register call (479) 709-DOCS or click on “Classes and Programs” at SparksHealth.com.