Outdoor Summer Activities for Seniors
Summertime has a way of bringing families together. Family reunions are often held in the summer, and warmer weather makes it easier for people to get out and enjoy themselves. If you are the child of an older parent, there are plenty things to do with them during the nice weather months. Let’s take a look at some fun activities, as well as a few things to keep in mind as you make plans.
Putting Their Needs First
When taking an older loved one out and about, it’s important to put their needs first, especially if they have physical limitations.
For any activities you choose, especially ones that involve walking, be sure to set a pace that is comfortable for them. Always discuss your ideas with your loved one ahead of time, and listen to their concerns, and preferences.
Spending Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors can be tremendously beneficial for seniors. Nature has a way of reviving people’s spirits, and can boost both physical and mental health.
Some great outside activities include:
- Bird watching
- Nature walks
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Indoor Summer Activities for Seniors
Fun things to do in the summer just don’t happen outside. Indoor activities can be just as exciting during bad weather days, or if your loved one has mobility issues.
Here are some fun indoor activities to consider:
- Cooking together
- Arts and crafts
- Watching old movies
- Indoor gardening
Day Trips & Summer Local Attractions
Take a drive out of town for the day with your loved one. Local attractions can also provide a fresh and exciting change of scenery. When planning the day, don’t overload the itinerary. Remember, the goal is to have fun. Be sure to make the journey comfortable, and plan for stops along the way to stretch, and use the restroom.
Here are some great local attractions that you can do with your senior loved one.
- Historical sites
- Farmer’s Markets
- Antique shopping
- Vintage car shows
- Concerts in the park
- Local farm tours
- Arboretums and botanical gardens
Importance of Keeping Hydrated and Avoiding Sunburn
During summer adventures, be sure to pack for fun and safety. Hydration and sun protection are crucial for all ages, especially for older adults.
Encourage your loved one to drink water regularly, and keep their energy up with healthy snacks. Keep heads covered, reapply sunscreen as needed, or use parasols for further sun protection.
Frontier Senior Living is Here to Help
Spending quality time with your older loved one is a privilege. This summer, plan a range of fun activities that cater to their interests and abilities.
The compassionate team at Frontier Senior Living has assisted thousands of families find the perfect senior living community for their loved ones. If you would like to learn more about our services, we cordially invite you to visit one of our communities and speak with our friendly staff.