Calgary company donates plants to seniors for comfort in COVID times

A local plant company has teamed up with the United Way to stem social isolation for Calgary seniors.

On Friday, Plantsie handed out 100 plants to seniors dealing with a lack of contact with their family and friends because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Company founder Jeff Bradshaw said multiple studies have shown plants offer both psychological and physical health benefits, including improving mood, reducing fatigue and reducing loneliness.

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“Like animals, houseplants can improve a person’s mood by allowing you to care for something other than yourself,” he said. “

“This can create a sense of connection which can alleviate feelings of loneliness. Plants are more than just home decor; they add a whole new dimension to otherwise lifeless space at home.”

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Plants were delivered to seniors through the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association and carya Calgary.

Bradshaw said the company has created two limited edition United Way plant arrangements, and $10 from each one sold will be donated to the United Way.

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