The weather is getting hotter, which makes getting outdoors enjoyable. However, the idea of a “good time” for an older adult is different from what younger people typically enjoy doing for recreation and entertainment, especially when those activities are taking place outside.
Here are some tips for summer activities that are safe and fun for seniors – as well as some precautions to ensure that their day outside is a positive experience!
Senior Summertime is Just Around the Corner
1. Enjoy the outdoors with family
Most communities have lots of public parks to relax outdoors – round up the family and head for a family picnic at your local park. Put a blanket down, sit back and relax while the little ones run around. This is a great chance to have some old-fashioned family bonding and fun in the sun. Don’t forget about water and the sunscreen!
2. Check out a new lunch spot
The lunch menu is more economical than the dinner menu at most restaurants and the portions might even be bigger too. Check for reviews on sites like Yelp and OpenTable to find recommendations for restaurants in your city. Also, these sites will tell you which restaurants have seating outside to soak up that sunshine.
3. Pay it forward
One of the great things about retirement is that you have plenty of free time to do the things that matter most, which can include giving back to those in need. Look for charities in your area, so you can volunteer.
4. New blooms
Flowers are blooming like crazy this time of year, so head to your local nursery to add new plants to your garden. Do not feel the need to redo your whole yard; even a simple box of flowers can spruce up your home, giving it new life. Be sure to drink plenty of water when working outside and take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and back.
If you’re not as mobile as you used to be, don’t be scared of going for a “hike.” At this stage of your life there is no need to scale Mount Everest, unless you’ve been preparing for years. Check with your local Parks & Recreation department to find out about the hiking trails in your city. Before a hike prepare yourself with the essentials needed, such as water and snacks to keep up your energy.
6. Summertime fitness
Summer is the ideal time for outdoor exercise and there are several choices available for seniors. It’s better for seniors to stay away from any outdoor fitness class with “boot camp” in its name, as these types of classes tend to be incredibly challenging. Look instead for lessons in Outdoor Tai Chi or Yoga.
Being a senior doesn’t mean you ‘re home-bound – These are just a few of the many potential activities that you can try with your family or friends this summer to get the most out of this warm weather.
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We understand the importance of home cooked meals and nutrition for seniors and this attitude is reflected in our dining experience. If you or a loved one live near Dallas, Texas and need assisted living, contact Entrust of DeSoto today to learn about our 24-hour care and find out how we can help.