Summer is a great time to enjoy some sunshine and the lush bounty of the season. There are many great outdoor activities for people of all ages. Seniors can reap a multitude of benefits by engaging with and embracing this special time of year. Read on for some great ideas, presented by El Dorado County elder care professionals.
This classic summer activity is a great way to stay cool while also enjoying some gentle and effective exercise. Many gyms and recreation centers hold classes specifically designed for seniors. These senior-focused water sessions often accommodate a wide variety of physical needs while also promoting a positive class atmosphere. Swimming also offers numerous health benefits, like improved cardiovascular health and increased muscle tone.
2. Picking Fruit
There are many pick-your-own fruit farms open in the summer months. Beat the heat by picking fruit early in the morning and don’t forget to wear sturdy walking shoes. There are health benefits to walking and also to eating local and in season foods. Enjoy getting your creative juices flowing by choosing recipes to make with the picked produce.
3. Bird Watching
Bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide and get ready to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Bird watching is a wonderful way for seniors to get outside and bird walks can be any length and speed desired. Go with a group of seniors for added social involvement or make it a family outing instead. Bring plenty of water and remember to wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect the skin and body from sun damage.
4. Playing a Yard Game
There is a wonderful variety of summer yard games, including ones that are engaging without being physically demanding. Seniors can enjoy games such as lawn darts, croquet, and wiffle ball. Beanbag tosses can also prove fun and help seniors work on mobility and focus. Many games can be adapted to include those in wheelchairs or with other mobility limitations.
Enjoy the days of summer and take advantage of the wide range of activities and festivities available. It is a wonderful time to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this sunny season. It is also prime time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and companionship. Learn more about promoting senior wellness by reaching out to Home Care Assistance at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411. We are a trusted provider of hourly and live-in senior care as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s care in El Dorado County. Our caregivers are available 24/7, we offer customized care schedules, and we never require clients to sign a long-term contract. Reach out today—we are here to help!