Top 5 Fun Activities for Seniors.
Now that the weather is warmer and Spring is in full bloom, the opportunity is ripe for seniors and boomers to brush off the doldrums of the long winter months and engage in some seasonal activities.
For many seniors and boomers, Springtime is a favorite season. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh, spring air and the warmth of the sun to lighten the spirits. Seniors who may find it difficult to navigate through the harsh conditions associated with the winter months once again will be able to get outside, socialize and enjoy nature.
Springtime also inspires many seniors to become healthier and more active again, and the weather is more amiable to helping them achieve these goals in the spring than the winter.
The following top 10 fun activities can be enjoyed by all seniors and boomers, whether living in a senior retirement community, an assisted living community or with a family member or caregiver
#1 – Enjoy Nature
Springtime is unique in that many things are blooming. The feeling of life being renewed – of seeing the offspring of animals and trees and plants budding with new life – is a fantastic way to boost the spirits. Seniors who live in a retirement community may have convenient access to a walking trail or other outdoor area right on campus.
Seniors and boomers who wish to explore outside their community have the option to visit a local park or nature trail. It is important to note that many landmarks, local and national parks and some nature trails are not only safe and appropriate for seniors of all activity levels, but also may be wheelchair accessible. Information about handicapped-accessible national parks is available here.
#2 – Visit Local Tourist Attractions
Springtime is the perfect time to act like a tourist in your own back yard.
Whether visiting a local landmark, museum or taking in a sporting event, it is generally less crowded to enjoy these types of activities in the spring versus the summer months, when real tourists are out and about in force.
Not sure what kinds of attractions are closest to you? There are a number of ways to locate what is available:
- 50 States, 50 Landmarks – The Travel Channel compiled this list of landmarks for all 50 states.
- The Best Tourist Attractions in Every State – Thrillest Media compiled this list of tourist attractions.
- 50 States Attractions Map – Attractions of America compiled this comprehensive list of amazing attractions in all 50 states.
#3 – Enjoy an Outdoor Meal
Who doesn’t enjoy eating a delicious meal outside in the sunshine and fresh air?
Grab a basket, pack it with some of your favorite foods and head outdoors for a nice spring picnic. Pair this idea with numbers 2 and 3 on this list, and you can have a great outing.
A homemade picnic isn’t the only way to enjoy a meal in nature. Many restaurants offer outdoor dining during the warmer months. This comprehensive list of the 100 best places to dine outdoors was compiled by OpenTable. The list highlights restaurants that offer stunning views, regional cuisine and fabulous outdoor dining experiences.
Meeting friends and family for a fabulous meal outdoors can be a great way to reconnect.
#4 – Gardening
Planting your own outdoor garden can be a great way to enjoy the spring weather. Many senior communities have community gardens that allow residents to garden together, creating the perfect environment for socializing with others who share your love of gardening.
According to a study conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, there are numerous health benefits for seniors who garden. Angela O’Callaghan, Ph.D compiled the study. The study indicates that gardening is a great way to increase physical activity, mobility and flexibility, and reduce stress levels in seniors. Community gardens have the added benefit of helping seniors to reconnect with nature and can be particularly beneficial to seniors with memory impairment issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Seniors who love to garden can even organize a gardening-themed outing in which a group of their friends or family members visit a local nursery to select plants for their garden this season. This can be especially beneficial for seniors participating in a community gardening program through a senior living community.
Don’t have the space to garden or a community garden nearby? Consider visiting a local farmer’s market instead. Visiting a local farmer’s market is a great social outing, helps to support local farmers and a great way to provide fresh food for your meals.
#5 – Bring Nature to Your Doorstep
For some seniors and boomers, health conditions can make it difficult to get out and about. If you are among the seniors who are in this situation, it doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the beauty of spring.
A great way to bring nature to your doorstep is with a bird feeder. There are a number of commercially-produced bird feeders on the market today that will fit every available space imaginable. Feel like putting a personal touch on the feeder? There are a number of do-it-yourself options for making a bird feeder.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you get out there and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air! Have some special springtime activities you enjoy? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section.