Don’t Let the Summer Temperatures Become an Issue for Those in Elder Care
One of the most important ways that seniors can stay healthy is to stay active, no matter the season. Unfortunately, when it gets hotter outside, people tend to gravitate towards indoor, more sedentary activities. But if managed properly, warm temperatures don’t have to mean that seniors are confined to the indoors and to boredom.
While it’s important for seniors to protect themselves from the sun and heat by wearing appropriate clothing and staying hydrated, there are many outdoor activities that seniors can and should take advantage of when the weather gets warmer. Here are some great summer activities for your senior loved ones to try when temperatures rise and the dog days of summer set in.
Gardening for Seniors
Gardening is an old favorite when it comes to summertime outdoor activities for seniors. Working in the garden typically involves light aerobic activity, which is great for the circulation. But it also keeps seniors out in nature, which is good for breathing and general mental well-being and it allows seniors to stay creative.
A garden doesn’t have to be elaborate in order to be beneficial. Even tending just a few plants or vegetables can bring seniors a lot of joy, and help promote health and wellness at the same time.
Get Seniors Out Walking… at the Right Time of Day
Once it’s seasonally warm outside, it can be a great idea for seniors to get on a consistent walking schedule. A simple walk once or twice around the block can help maintain cardiovascular health and give seniors an opportunity to stay connected with the world. Some seniors can even combine walking with another activity, like bird watching. Just be mindful of extreme temperatures, and plan for morning or late evening walks.
Music in the Park, Anyone?
Concerts are a fun way to get out and enjoy a relaxing day or evening, soaking up nature and good company while listening to relaxing sounds of live music. Music-related activities can also be great summer activities for when it gets too hot to go outside. Seniors can bring out their favorite instruments or just sing along to some classic hits.
Thanks to digital technology, it’s easier than ever to take great pictures. Using a smartphone camera is something virtually any senior can master, and it can provide an opportunity to get outside, be creative, and appreciate the beauty in nature.
Swimming and summer go perfectly together. By getting out to the pool, you can stay cool even when outside in the heat and get some great aerobic exercise without putting pressure on tired joints.
Signing up for a Tai Chi group can be a fun way for seniors to be part of a community, enjoy the outdoors and stay healthy. Tai Chi has been found to help prevent falls in seniors and can help people feel more alert and present.
Berry picking might not be an activity you do every week, but when you do it, you can make a fun day of it quite easily. Start by driving out to the countryside with your loved ones, then find the right berry patch, pick and choose your favorites, and then make them into jam or pie for everyone to enjoy later.
Don’t Let Summer Keep You Indoors All Day
As you can see, there are many great ways for seniors to enjoy the summer, so encourage the seniors in your life to get away from the AC and the television for a couple hours and really take in what the outside world has to offer.
Of course, it’s hard to enjoy the outside world if your home life isn’t settled. If you need help finding the right home situation for an older loved one in the Northern California or Portland, OR metro area, please contact Golden Placement Services for help today.