Is Spring in the air? Just a little bit? Well, there are less than 10 days left for spring to arrive! No more shoveling, putting on layers to stay warm, staying indoors in frigid temperatures, and blasting the indoor heat (that leads to severe skin dehydration).
Spring is a welcome change for seniors from the brutally cold weather. Whether your senior loved one is at home, in a nursing care center or assisted living facility, there are so many outdoor spring activities for seniors to enjoy when the weather gets warmer.
Plan activities with your elderly loves ones so the family can get involved making it more fun and engaging. Make use of the March break and if you are not traveling or going anywhere far, you can coordinate these activities with your children so their grandparents can also spend some time with them.
Here are a few ideas to spark some excitement and enjoy the much-awaited Spring/ Summer activities:
Gardening for Seniors
Nothing like fresh air to invigorate your senses! Fresh air has great benefits for your senior loved ones. It’s not just good for the digestive system, it helps improve blood pressure and heart rate while providing an opportunity to move around. Gardening is a perfect spring activity for your elderly loved ones because it involves mild movements (make sure they know not to exert themselves too much). If your senior loved one has a hard time wearing the conventional attire, adaptive clothing offers the advantage of easy dressing such as elastic waist pants, magnetic closing shirts or open back tops.
Walking Program for Seniors
Walking programs are quite popular among seniors because they are extremely beneficial and practical. It is important to talk to the doctor before starting the walking plan. Doctors usually have better ideas and suggestions that can be adapted to suit the senior’s health conditions.
Mayo Clinic recommends starting walking five days a week with a pace that comfortable for your senior loved one’s health conditions.
Staycations are great for those who are unable to fly or travel to other places. Become a tourist in your city and enjoy what it has to offer. See everything with a fresh perspective!
- Visit the local museum
- Go shopping (or shop online)
- Seated Exercises to stay active (physical exercise)
- Indulge in a home spa
- Try a new recipe
- Read new books
- Bird watching (bird feeder)
- Arrange a tea party
Step by step activities that can lead to decluttering the house or room feel so good! Since seniors have limited mobility or a hard time doing tasks in one go, it is better to dedicate a little portion of the day to get rid of items that are no longer needed. You can start small with tangible steps like sorting your drawers or smaller cupboards. Make sure you offer help to your senior loved one, so they don’t feel overwhelmed by the sorting and cleaning activity.
Book Clubs for Seniors
There are many benefits of seniors joining book clubs. It’s a great way for your elderly loved ones to relax, have a chat with fellow readers and hold discussions on what matters to them. Maybe someone in your friends’ circle already has a book club that they can join? Research shows that reading strengthens the mind and helps improves brain function. Joining a book club is a great way to make friends, find new hobbies and become more creative. A book club meeting can be held outdoors in a park or backyard!
Arts & Crafts (paper floral arrangements)
Art is inspirational and seniors can benefit from it by getting involved in creative exercises. Spring is when flowers start to bloom, and warm weather is great for outdoor creative sessions. Art can positively influence your senior’s health by aiding in relaxation, reducing anxiety and improving cognition. Paper floral arrangement is another popular creative exercise for seniors, especially for those who are indoors.
If you’re lucky enough to still have both of your parents — as almost 2 million children under 18 have already lost their parents — make sure you take the time to cherish these activities during the warmer months. Your loved ones will be grateful for all of the time spent doing things they love, and you can take joy in knowing how much they’re enjoying themselves.