Gardening is a favorite summer pastime. The stimulating exercise, fresh air and sunshine make a person feel good and create a sense of purpose and accomplishment. All the bending of gardening, however, can be difficult for seniors. Waist-high raised beds are one way to eliminate bending altogether and also provides another option for people with mobility challenges to reconnect with nature. With tall raised beds, seeding, weeding and harvesting are a snap for everyone.
Both Azura Memory Care of Beloit and Azura Memory Care of Manitowoc received new raised gardens this year for their residents. Both were built by volunteers. Gary Kolste, a semi-retired homebuilder with over 40 years of experience, built one for Azura Memory Care of Manitowoc. He loves to garden, so this project was a natural fit. Keith and Vicki Manning recently built a raised garden in their own backyard and then built the one for Azura Memory Care of Beloit. They are both retired from Beloit School District and have been personally affected by dementia.
As Tom Brokaw once said, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” Please know Gary, Keith and Vicki that you have made a huge difference to the residents and the families of Azura Memory Care. We appreciate and value your time and talents very much.