Caregiver Walking with Elderly Father

When the winter weather finally breaks and those first signs of spring begin to show, everybody wants to be outside. especially seniors that are indoors more in the winter!

Here are some great suggestions from Inside Elder Care for getting out and getting moving in the spring:

  • Take a walk: Studies have shown that even ten minutes of walking a day can help senior citizens maintain their strength and agility. Walking, along with various other types of physical activity, gets the blood pumping through the body and helps oxygen flow to the brain.
  • Go to a sporting event: A sporting event can energize and gives opportunity to socialize.
  • Have a picnic: Enjoying a meal outdoors is a nice change of scene when the weather’s appropriate. If hosting a picnic seems like too much, plan a day out with your closest friends to a restaurant with outdoor seating. You’ll still be enjoying the outdoors but without all the work!
  • Start a garden: Plant some colorful flowers and watch them bloom, or try your hand at growing some vegetables. Once they’ve matured, you can use them in your cooking and share them with friends and loved ones.
  • Do some exercise: Many people think that senior citizens should avoid physical activity to help prevent injury, but it’s especially important to stay physically active in your later years so that your body will remain functioning. As the old adage goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!
  • Play a game: Engaging your brain will help keep you sharp. If board games aren’t in your wheelhouse, try participating in some friendly shuffleboard or tennis. Playing a sport can even double as your physical activity for the day.
  • Take a field trip: Visit a local park, a museum, or attend an outdoor concert – check with your local visiting center or the activities board at your senior care facility to see what’s currently happening in your town.

Being outside is a natural stress reliever and always brings an increased sense of vitality and energy for seniors. With the season’s shifting, longer periods of daylight, and warmer weather ahead, seniors and their families can enjoy the great outdoors these fun spring activities!

From Inside Elder Care – Full Article Here

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