With Memorial Day behind us, summertime is officially in the air. As temperatures begin to increase, now is the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors, especially for seniors. Not only is Vitamin D important for our physical functions, but spending time outdoors can help lessen depression and anxiety, and improve overall health. Whether you enjoy swimming outdoors or gardening on your patio, there are plenty of summer activities for seniors to enjoy.
1. Plan a Picnic Outdoors
Planning a picnic can be a great activity to do with friends and family, especially during the summer evenings. Start by choosing your favorite location like your local park or even your backyard. Pack your favorite foods, snacks, and beverages and head outside. You might consider bringing a few games like cards or board games to keep you entertained.
2. Go on a Nature Walk
Weather permitting, you might consider taking a friend for a walk in your local park or other scenic area. Bring your camera to take pictures of plants and flowers that catch your eye. You might also consider calling your local park to see if they offer guided nature walks.
3. Go Swimming Outside
Not only is swimming a great way to cool off in the summer heat, it’s also a perfect opportunity for exercise. Swimming laps can get your heart rate up and help strengthen muscles without putting stress on joints, which is important for those suffering from arthritis and joint pain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercising for just 30 minutes a day can help seniors avoid health problems, such as high blood pressure. Gardening each day can also help you burn calories and strengthen your muscles. You might consider gardening on your patio in raised gardening containers, to help protect your balance.
5. Try Fishing
Fishing is a great activity for seniors of all abilities. You can fish from a dock or pier, depending on your preference. Check your state’s local laws on fishing to find legal fishing places near you.
Tips for Staying Safe Outdoors
- Stay hydrated: Spending time outdoors in the heat can cause dehydration quite quickly, especially in older adults. Make sure to drink water consistently while outside.
- Protect your skin: Direct sun exposure is known to cause cancer and skin damage. Wear wide brim hats and long sleeve breathable shirts to protect your skin. As always, don’t forget to wear sunscreen before going outside.
- Check-in with yourself: It’s extremely important to pay attention to your body. If you start to feel dizzy, confused, or nauseas, make sure to go inside and immediately contact your healthcare provider.
Our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky are working hard to prepare our residents for summer activities for seniors. If you’d like to hear more about our offerings, contact us today.