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Top Ways Your Senior Loved One Can Enjoy Summer

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to enjoy time outdoors. Read on for fun activities senior loved ones can enjoy in the warm weather.

Tend the Garden Elderly woman smelling flowers

Gardening nurtures the body, mind and spirit. However, aging presents specific physical changes, which can make gardening more challenging for seniors. Here are a few garden tools that ensure your loved one's safety and make it easier to get the job done:

  • Seniors may be at risk for falls while gardening. Reduce fall risks by supplying a stand-up weeder with a sliding ejector, or a simpler standing weed puller with no moving parts so that the senior gardener can weed from an upright position.
  • Invest in a raised garden bed. Waist-high garden beds are more accessible for seniors to reach the garden while standing, seated or in a wheelchair.
  • Arthritis in the hands makes it difficult to grasp common garden tools. You may consider larger and easy-to-grip garden tools.
  • Explore newer, lightweight, lightly coiled hoses that stretch farther. Avoid heavy garden hoses when watering flowerbeds when possible.
  • It can be painful for your senior loved one to crawl around on his/her hands and knees. Provide a garden seat so they can work comfortably from a seated position. A combination kneeler with bench is an additional option to make gardening more comfortable. When kneeling, handrails are then positioned on both sides to make it easier and safer to return to the standing position.

Cheer on the Grandchildren

The experience of attending a family sporting event can boost mental health by creating a sense of belonging to a broader community and family bonding. Before attending sporting events, you may need to make specific preparations to ensure senior loved ones are comfortable and safe. Here are a few considerations:

  • Use a golf cart or motorized scooter/wheelchair to transport safely from the parking lot to the field/court.
  • Consider that your senior loved one uses a rolling walker with more substantial wheels to help maintain balance while navigating over uneven surfaces, such as curbs and grass.
  • Check the weather beforehand and prepare accordingly with a jacket, blanket, umbrella, sunscreen and hat.

Take a Walk

Senior loved ones may not be as mobile as in years past, but they can soak in the sunshine during an outdoor stroll. When walking within the neighborhood, help your senior loved one watch for uneven surfaces and curbs. Encourage the use of a rolling walker for stability. Consider wearing bright colors for easy visibility, and don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and a water bottle. Wear proper footwear and let your senior walker set their own pace.

Picnic in the Park

Round up the whole family and head to the local park for a picnic. Use a lightweight, folding wagon to transport all the gear with ease, including a blanket, an outdoor folding chair, and an insulated bag filled with favorite snacks and drinks. Sit back and relax as the little ones run and play. Picnics are an excellent opportunity for family bonding and fun in the sun. Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and baseball cap or floppy hat!

Scrapbooking

Fun at any age, and during any season, scrapbooking has extra health benefits for senior loved ones.

  • Scrapbooking helps jog and preserve memories by sorting through old photographs, cards, ticket stubs, and memorabilia. Make sure those pictures and items are labeled, so the next generation can enjoy learning the family history.
  • Scrapbooking is emotionally fulfilling because senior loved ones treasure the time you spend with them while completing the project.
  • The cognitive stimulation required to assemble a scrapbook helps a senior's mind stay active and alert.
  • Scrapbook activities, such as sorting, labeling, and cutting, can exercise fine motor skills. Be patient while your loved one completes these activities.
  • Upon completion of the project, your senior loved one may feel a sense of accomplishment, which boosts self-esteem and improves overall wellbeing.

 

Visiting Angels Lewisburg caregivers can facilitate your senior loved one's participation in any of the activities listed. We are a leading provider of in-home senior care in Lewisburg, PA, and the surrounding areas.  Contact us today to learn more about how our compassionate caregivers can support your senior loved one at home.

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