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This article brought to you by Tami Randel- Community Relations Director at Country Meadows Village - Assisted Living and Independent Living INSIDER

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When we welcome our new residents, one of the questions we are often asked is, "Can I have plants?" Yes! Of course! Indoor plants are wonderful additions to our lives because they are fun to watch grow, easy to care for, aesthetically beautiful and improve your mood. But did you know that there are real health benefits from plants?

Studies have shown that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity, and also improve your mood. This may be because plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen; they are our symbiotic earth partners. Like humans, most plants rest at night, but a few plants like orchids and succulents focus their photosynthesis process at night refreshing nighttime air. Placing these plants in your bedroom can aid in a peaceful night's sleep.

Plants naturally release 97% of the water they take in as moisture vapor. This increase of humidity helps keep respiratory distress at bay. Studies from the Agricultural University of Norway document that growing indoor plants decreases incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Did you know that plants help purify the air by removing up to 87% of volatile organic compounds/toxins from the air? This includes harmful chemicals brought in from things like your clothes, facial tissues and even paper bags. Plus, at the same time, they produce healthy oxygen to breathe.

We are wellness-focused at Country Meadows Village and gardening is just one of the many aspects to staying happy and healthy. We will be offering a gardening series to help our residents find the right type of plant for them and the benefits it can provide. Look for our series coming this spring.

COUNTRY MEADOWS VILLAGE

155 S. Evergreen Road, Woodburn

503-982-2221

www.countrymeadowsvillage.com

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