Fun Outdoor Activities for Seniors Are an Important Part of Quality Home Care
The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of spending time outdoors can have an extremely positive impact on a senior’s quality of life
The summertime is finally here and thank heavens! It was a long, hard winter and many seniors are looking to put the wintertime blues behind them. Getting outside is an integral part of this. Spending some time in the great outdoors with your loved one can be a wonderful experience. However, not everyone is able to set aside time to spend with their older loved ones as often as they would like. Thankfully, a professional quality home care provider can be there for your loved one. Companionship is an important aspect of quality home care and your loved one deserves the best.
If you are considering spending more time outside with your loved one or would like to give them some ideas, we have put together a list of the best senior-friendly outdoor activities. Let’s take a look:
The amazing thing about picnics is that everybody can take part. There is no downside to picnics, yet they are absolutely amazing. There is just something about getting outside, enjoying the fresh air as you enjoy some refreshments. Picnics can happen anywhere – the local park or next to a river on some steps. The important thing is sharing the experience. Meals bring people together like nothing else.
Pick-your-own fruit farms are popping up across the United States and people are loving it. There is nothing like getting your hands dirty and enjoying the fruits of your – literal – labor. An added benefit is the fact that you get a lot of exercise doing it. Fruit picking is a family and senior-friendly activity that can be a lot of fun and tasty at the same time.
Gardening is an activity many people enjoy but do it less and less as they get older. If your loved one has always enjoyed keeping a beautiful garden, or if they would like to get into it, this activity can be a great addition to a quality home care plan for any senior.
If your loved one is up for it, a simple walk each day or a couple of times a week can make a huge difference in their lives. Walks are an incredible exercise and can help seniors stay healthy. They are good for the mind as well. Nothing clears your mind like a good walk. For you and your loved one, walks can also be an amazing bonding opportunity. Of course, they can go for walks and stay safe with their quality home care provider as well.
Outdoor Community Events
Communities across the country organize events throughout the year, but particularly in the summer. Community events vary from community to community but usually include art fairs, night markets, and theater productions. All are senior friendly and good for the soul.
Birdwatching may seem like a passive activity, but it is actually very mentally and emotionally engaging. Birds are tremendous creatures and watching them can be relaxing, even therapeutic. Ask your loved one if they would like to give it a try.
Spending more time outdoors can become a reality for your loved one. Please give us a call today to find out how we can make this happen.
Visiting Angels of Newington, CT, is a leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. Our office serves Hartford County, Waterbury, and Springfield, MA. To learn more about the in-home living assistance services provided by our staff of compassionate caregivers, please call our Newington office at (860) 215-2391 or contact us for more information.