- 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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