Summer is a great time for seniors to get out of the house and visit with friends and family and spend some time outdoors. We’ve put together our favorite 5 summer activities for seniors.
Note: seniors are advised to stay out of extreme heat and weather. You should hydrate appropriately and if you have a headache, confusion, dizziness, or nausea, it could be a sign of a heat-related illness. Also, apply sunscreen!
Best done in the morning before the heat of the day, walking has many health benefits. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the physical benefits of walking include improved circulation, strengthened muscles, joint support. Mentally, it helps improve our mood, our sleep, and lower’s our risk for Alzheimer’s. The best part of walking? It’s FREE!
Farmer’s markets are a great place for seniors to get their steps in. It’s also a great place to meet up with friends and family, access fresh and nutritious whole foods, and receive expert advice about their purchases. In most cases, farmer’s markets are also less expensive than going to the grocery store, great for anyone on a fixed income!
Seniors who start new hobbies will receive the many advantages of a challenge. Even the simplest of hobbies will lead to questions and problem-solving. Great for the mind, new hobbies provide a social outlet by meeting new people or experts in the chosen craft. Hobbies also increase confidence for seniors whose new talents come to fruition. A new craft can also contribute to good health as studies show that participating in hobbies or crafts can reduce blood pressure, cortisol levels, and body mass index.
It’s not surprising that getting in the water is a refreshing way to spend the summer. The first best thing to do with water? Drink it! The second? Jump on in!
Whether seniors have access to a pool, lake, or ocean, it is a great way to stay cool and maintain overall health, both mental and physical. Being in the water is great for seniors as it doesn’t put pressure or strain on joints. This results in an increased flexibility and range of motion which can result in a reduction in the risk of falls. Because of the increase of physical activity, seniors will feel more relaxed with improved sleep.
It’s so much more than scheduled reading! Book clubs will provide social interaction and reduce social isolation. Through making new friends, seniors will feel more comfortable communicating their newfound thoughts on a books’ perspectives on readings.
Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy life. It doesn’t matter what you decide is best for you, step outside and take a deep breath. The world is your oyster!