Getting Seniors Outside This Summer

Read some of the best ways to get seniors outside this summer

It’s important for all of us to get out and get fresh air. For seniors who might have been stuck inside most of the winter, it’s especially important. Getting outside during the summer is a great way to promote not only exercise but social interaction. Here are some activities any senior can do this summer.

Go for walks

Walks are some of the easiest, most versatile ways for seniors to enjoy the warm weather. Even a short walk around the neighborhood has great physical and mental benefits, including improved brain cognition and heart health. For those who are up to it, hiking is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors while reaping the physical benefits.

Go on a picnic

Seniors enjoying a summer picnic outside

Picnicking is a great way for senior citizens to be social outdoors. Make it extra fun by turning the event into a potluck. Seniors can prepare their favorite, easy-to-dish-up meals and share them with the participants. This allows them to soak up the sun, try new food, and engage with one another. It can take place at a local park, or in a backyard.

Start Gardening

Gardening is a great way for senior to get light exercise

While gardening seems like it may end up being too strenuous for some seniors, it doesn’t have to be. With assistance, some gardening offers seniors an outlet for maintaining strength and flexibility even if they have mobility issues. It also gives them a regular activity to partake in, as well as beautiful plant life to enjoy!

Visit an Outdoor Flea Market, Farmer’s Market, or Craft Show

Attend a farmer's market this summer

Many areas offer seasonal, or even weekly, flea/farmer’s markets. With so many interesting vendors for seniors to explore, everyone can find something of interest to them. Some even offer live music, making them a great way to get out of the house.

Try Bird Watching

This more relaxed activity allows seniors to enjoy the fresh air without the fuss. It is perfect for seniors who are looking for a relaxing activity to partake in but still want to enjoy the summer weather.

Don’t forget to stay safe while enjoying these summer activities. Keep hydrated, reapply sunscreen, and go out during the cooler times of the day (morning and evening). Heat exhaustion can be dangerous for seniors and can quickly turn into a more dangerous condition. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea, and low blood pressure.

If a senior starts to exhibit signs of heat exhaustion, contact their physician and get them in the shade or an air-conditioned location as soon as possible. Lay them down with elevated feet, and remove any tight/heavy clothing. Have them sip chilled water or a sports drink.

In-home care workers can help seniors organize and attend these summer activities. Our staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF will help make sure seniors stay safe and have fun by running errands, keeping up with light housekeeping, and acting as a companion. This allows seniors to enjoy the simpler things in life.

Call us at 773-274-9262 to ask how Home Care Powered by AUAF can help your loved one have a good quality of life.

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