Updated: Jul 31, 2022
Continuing with our theme of leading a more active lifestyle as a senior citizen, we are sharing some ideas for safe, fun activities to incorporate into one’s routine as the weather starts to warm up. It’s important (for adults of all ages, but especially seniors) to participate in outdoor summer activities with appropriate sun protection, such as hats and sunscreen, and to stay hydrated.
Swimming: whether going to the beach or a local pool joined by family or friends, or signing up for an aqua aerobics class, swimming is an excellent form of exercise that’s easy on the joints and chronic pain-friendly.
Picnic: on days with milder sun, a picnic can be a great way to socialize, have your favorite foods and beverages, and enjoy some fresh air. For seniors with trouble sitting on the ground, we recommend coming prepared with folding chairs and a table or finding a local park with picnic tables. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella!
Catch a game: going to a child or grandchild’s sporting event or taking a loved one to see your favorite sports team together can be a memorable way to spend an afternoon.
Host a weekly trivia game or book club: not only an excellent way to socialize and do some fun planning, but an activity that cultivates a motivation for more reading and learning and keeps the brain active.
Catch a drive-in movie: a relaxing, affordable way to enjoy the big screen while getting some fresh air.
Explore the town: while it’s great to go on walks with loved ones, daily solo-walks, even if short, can be an excellent way to explore new parts of your town or city while getting some cardio and clearing your mind.
Host an outdoor lunch: invite your neighbors, friends, or family to have lunch out in the yard! You can have everyone bring in food or beverages and have a refreshing meal under the sun.
Senior Steps, Inc. is a wellness-centered geriatric care management company that can help assess your level of activity and incorporate ways to stay more active, social, and engaged in your daily life. If you’d like a free consultation or are interested in learning more about how we can help you or an elderly loved one, please call us today.
Written by Layla Adawieh