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Buy Your Granny a Plant

Studies have shown that giving elderly people in a nursing home a plant to look after helps them to stay mentally and physically active for longer.

So giving an elderly relative a plant to look after may make a positive difference to their well-being.  Having the job of caring for this plant allows them to take some control over their environment without feeling overwhelmed by too much responsibility.

 (Rodin et al 1997. 'Long-term effects of a control-relevant Intervention with the Institutionalized aged.'  See research section for more details. )

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