Summer Activities For Seniors
Summer means sunshine, warm weather, and plenty of time to discover new activities for seniors.
However, older adults are more susceptible to heat stress, so it’s important to exercise caution while outside.
This summer is your opportunity to find fun and engaging ways that get you moving and interacting with others. Here are 12 to get you started.
Try A New Recipe
Do you enjoy cooking? If so, you may enjoy making something you’ve never tried before.
Summer is a good time to test your culinary skills since you can often find a range of fresh, inexpensive produce. Plus, adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to your meal ensures you’re getting enough nutrients, too.
According to Psychology Today, activities for seniors like cooking provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Here are some summer recipes to try out for yourself.
During the summer, staying hydrated is especially important. But plain water gets boring. Instead, make your own infused water by adding fruits and herbs to a pitcher of water for a delicious and refreshing beverage.
Making your own flavored water is just one more new thing to try in the kitchen this summer.
Visit The Museum
Museums often offer senior discounts, so why not take advantage of the cheaper rate, especially if it’s someplace you’ve never visited? Boston is home to many amazing museums, from art to history to science. There are so many places for you to check out!
Remember Past Summer Memories
This time of year is a good time for older adults to reminisce — in a good way, of course. Sharing a favorite summer memory, such as a vacation or exciting event, is a great way to bring your past to life and open up to others. Additionally, it can also help you build communication skills and lower stress.
Writing down your memories can also be a cathartic experience while improving mental and emotional wellbeing.
Do you have a green thumb? Gardening is a relaxing, creative way to get outside. Or, if you want to avoid the heat, there are many ways to bring nature inside. Don’t feel like you have to revamp your whole yard. Setting up a small flower box is more than enough to beautify your home.
Of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated when you’re outside and take breaks to cool down.
Art therapy is an excellent way that elders and those with dementia can creatively stimulate their minds, says Dr. Barbara Bagan. Arts and crafts aren’t just for children; they can help adults process and healthily display emotions while cultivating fine motor skills.
Moreover, crafting helps build confidence, focus, and motivation. Some studies show that clay is particularly beneficial for seniors. This summer, you may consider signing up for a beginner’s pottery course or a similar class.
Retirees are blessed with lots of free time to finally accomplish what you want. But if you need something to fill that extra time, volunteering is a fantastic idea. Research local organizations with causes you care about and ask about ways you can help. Volunteering for seniors has numerous benefits, including providing a sense of fulfillment.
Get Moving, But Stay Cool
Water aerobics is one of our favorite activities for seniors. It’s one of the best exercises for older adults because it doesn’t place stress on the joints and it keeps you out of the heat. But it’s also a great way to meet other people and socialize!
But if water aerobics isn’t for you, there are plenty of other low-impact exercises that are safe for seniors, like yoga, chair tai chi, and balloon volleyball.
Board games, puzzles, and cards are all fun activities for seniors with a competitive side.
They’re also a good way to interact with others in a fun and meaningful way. One study found that games can lower older adults’ chances of dementia.
Cornhole is a good way to pass the time if the weather isn’t too bad. But if it’s too hot, raining, or you just want some alone time, puzzles are another alternative.
Research shows that puzzles can improve cognition and offer a feeling of purpose by completing the puzzle.
This summer, consider learning a new game you’ve never tried!
Watching a favorite film can help you get away from life for a few hours and offer an emotional escape. Film therapy provides a relaxing outlet for aging adults with dementia.
If there is one in your area, go to the drive-in! Modern drive-ins offer many amenities like car side concession delivery, high-quality audio you can adjust with your radio, and much more. Not only that, but tickets for these features are often much more inexpensive than traditional theatres. Take your grandkids with you and share memories about times you visited the drive-in theatre in your youth.
A good book is perfect at any time of year, but summer is especially nice since you can read in the outside in the shade while getting some fresh air, or indoors with the AC. Joining a book club is an excellent motivator to read and socialize with others.
If your eyesight limits your ability to read, listening to audiobooks may be a good alternative. There are many places where you can find free audiobooks online, including at the library.
Be Responsible When Outdoors
Summer heat may restrict some outdoor activities for seniors, but getting outside is still important. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D, which lowers the risk of osteoporosis and symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also supports a healthy immune system and cognitive functioning. Going outside even for a little bit is enough to get the benefits.
Here are some ways to enjoy yourself outdoors safely:
- Going out when the temperature cools to watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Bird watching in the shade
- Morning or evening walks, but take a bottle of water with you!
Enjoy A Cold And Tasty Treat
Is it really summer if you don’t eat ice cream at least once? Ice cream socials are perfect for meeting other people and enjoying a delicious treat.
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