Summer Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy Together
Sometimes it can be fun and even healthy to get outside and enjoy some summer fun. We’ve come up with some ideas to help find new activities for those seniors and caregivers who want to switch up their routine and try something new. Of course, always take precautions for heat advisories and COVID-19 safety and always consult with a doctor before trying any new exercise or physical activity. See if any of these five ideas might be right for you:
- Go to a live sporting event.
If your town has a sports team, a day out at the park or arena might be a fun and exciting time. Whether you root for the home team, pull for the visitors or get caught up in a heated rivalry, a day at the park might be just the ticket to fun.
- Visit a Farmer’s Market
You might find all sorts of fresh, healthy foods as well as tasty snacks and fun handmade goods at your local farmer’s market. You can also meet new people, learn about local businesses and support your local economy with your purchases. It’s a win-win.
- Visit a Nature Trail
The smells, views and sounds of nature may be enjoyed by older adults, whether they are mobile or in a wheelchair. Many parks and trails have paved walkways and wheelchair accessibility. Just be sure to do a little research first to make sure you’re confident that the trails you want to visit will be accessible by the senior in your life. After all, there’s nothing quite like the great outdoors.
Many seniors have a wealth of experience and skills learned over a lifetime. They can put them to good use by finding volunteer opportunities that fit what they have to offer. Whether jumping into a public library reading program, participating in oral history projects or contributing to government volunteer programs, seniors and their caregivers can both help make a difference.
Looking for a low-stress indoor activity to stay out of the weather on the hottest days? Experts say learning new skills is good for building and maintaining cognitive skills. A hobby that’s become a hot trend is learning how to bake your own bread and pastries. Maybe you’re a senior that wants to master sourdough. Perhaps you’re a caregiver with an abuelo willing to teach you a family’s pan dulce recipe. Maybe you’ve got a nona that wants to teach you how to get that focaccia just right. Whatever the case may be, learning and teaching new baking skills can be a fun and rewarding indoor activity.
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Sources: Pinterest, AARP, Americorps Seniors