Great Summer Activities for Seniors

Summer Activities for Seniors
It is very important to both the mental and physical well-being of the elderly to remain active and stimulated. Far too often, seniors tend to stay cooped up in the house, because they lack the means or the will to stay actively engaged in various life events.  Remaining isolated and not participating in various activities can lead to feelings of depression and worthlessness.  Whether you are the caregiving relative of an elderly loved one, or a caregiver hired by the family, it is vital to plan interesting activities with seniors, whether in the home, or outdoors.While summertime offers a variety of choices for fun activities, be sure to use caution with physical activities, especially on hot, humid days, so the elderly person does not over exert himself.Here are some fun ideas on how you can help seniors take advantage of the warmer weather:

  • Raised planters and flower or vegetable beds make gardening easier on a senior citizen.  A garden can be started just about anywhere, including balconies and patios.  Planting is one of the most satisfying of outdoor activities for the elderly.
  • Set up a variety of bird feeders in the yard, and start bird watching.  Do research of the types of birds that live in your area, and see if you and your elderly loved one can identify them.
  • Attend outdoor concerts.  Spring and summer are prime time for outdoor concerts, often held in a park setting.  Do research and find local outdoor concerts in your area.  Remember to bring comfortable seating for your loved one.
  • Outdoor craft shows, flea markets, and farmer’s markets – just about anyone can enjoy these activities.
  • Have a picnic outdoors.  Instead of eating lunch or dinner (or even breakfast) indoors, set up a picnic outside at the picnic or patio table.  Sitting on a blanket on the ground is not recommended, however, as the elderly may have trouble getting up and down from the ground.
  • Depending on how well your elderly loved one can move around, there are also a variety of yard games that a senior citizen can enjoy.  Croquet, beanbag toss, ring toss, water balloon toss (as long as he doesn’t mind getting wet!) and lawn or patio bowling.
  • Swimming – find your local community pool or YMCA, and take a dip!  Swimming is great, low-impact exercise for seniors, and most centers will offer organized low-impact aerobics classes.

Instead of being overwhelmed by the potential challenges you will face, focus on activities that you and your senior loved one will enjoy.  It may take some advance planning, but the benefits of staying mentally and physically stimulated for your loved one will be worth it!

If you have a favorite activity that you do with your senior loved one, let us know!

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