Many studies have shown that going outdoors and soaking up some sun is beneficial to a person’s health. Seniors who have been housebound during the cold months of winter will find their winter blues will go away, and their cognitive functions improve with exposure to the fresh spring air. With blooming daffodils and tulips upon us, it’s time to start planning some outdoor spring activities you can do with the senior in your life. Here are a few suggestions.
Visit Your Local Park
A park is the perfect place for a senior to relax safely outdoors and enjoy the fresh spring greenery. If your loved one is able, many nature trails provide easy walking and present opportunities to appreciate fresh foliage and birds returned from where they’ve spent the winter. If you have a family dog, take him along for a romp.
Go on a Picnic
Pack your favorite goodies and head out to the nearest park or lake. Enjoy a good book or a game of cards in the open air. If you have a senior with an artistic bent, bring along an easel and some paints. A picnic is the perfect spring activity to spend some quality time with your loved one out in the open air.
Does your senior have a green thumb? Gardening gives seniors the opportunity to engage with nature and keep healthy. They can grow not only flowers but also vegetables and herbs, which can be proudly used in creating family meals. Studies show that working in a garden for just two-and-a-half hours a week can reduce the risk of health issues for seniors.
Visit Your Local Farmers’ Market
Nowadays, there are farmers’ markets almost everywhere. Take a trip with your senior to your local market and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade crusty loaves, pansies for the garden, etc. A visit to a farmers’ market is one of the special spring activities. The Market is also a great place to socialize with your neighbors and enjoy a variety of dogs.
Many seniors like to fish, especially with their grandchildren. If you live near a lake or a river, fishing provides a way to get outdoors and enjoy nature with a minimum of physical exertion. Take a picnic basket and make a day of it. But be prepared to listen to the tale of the one that got away.
Be a Tourist
Get out and explore your surroundings. Maybe you live in a large city that has a lot to offer. Take an open-air bus tour, visit a museum, the zoo, a nearby botanical garden, or a historic area. The possibilities are endless and will provide your senior with physical and mental stimulation.
If Your Time Is Limited
You may have many responsibilities that cut down on the time you can spend engaging in spring activities with your elderly loved one. However, this doesn’t mean that your senior has to stay indoors. Caring Healthcare can provide you with caregivers to accompany your senior during outdoor activities. We offer you peace of mind when you know your loved one is getting outside and being well cared for. Call today to find out more.