NEW ALBANY, Indiana – Residents of Muir Manor, a United Church Homes managed community in New Albany, Indiana, could soon reap the health benefits of spending time in nature with help from a $3,242 grant from the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, formerly the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.
The grant will be used for outdoor enhancements to create an accessible area, free from trip hazards, where older adults can delight in the wonders of nature. Muir Manor residents and staff identified the project after adding outdoor furniture in 2018 with a grant from United Church Homes’ Wishing Well program.
For residents to truly enjoy the fenced yard and outdoor furniture, the area needs landscaping to remove exposed tree roots. Existing roots from dying trees need removed to protect the concrete patio from root damage. Existing roots are also trip hazards for those who want to spend time outdoors.
In total, the project is expected to cost approximately $5,715.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four people 65 or older fall each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles a person’s chances of falling again. One out of five falls causes a serious injury, such as a broken bone or head injury.
Another objective was to provide space for residents to enjoy nature, which has proven health benefits. Researchers have found that participating in nature-related and social activities leads to improvements in older adults’ health. Further, studies have demonstrated that exposure to nature can stimulate brain function.
About Muir Manor: Muir Manor opened in 2003 in New Albany, Indiana, and is owned by Disciples Housing of New Albany, Indiana, and managed by United Church Homes. Income- and age-qualifying residents pay 30 percent of their monthly incomes for rent. As part of the United Church Homes network, Muir Manor’s mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.