12 Springtime Activity Ideas for Seniors
Spring is the light at the end of a tunnel of winter gloominess that seemed like it would never end! Well, now it has, but what to do in this delightful yet brief season? Here are 12 great springtime ideas specifically suited to senior living.
Get outside and enjoy nature
Local parks, nature trails, or even just a friend or family member’s yard are a great place to hang out in the sunshine. This will help reduce stress, increase that all-important vitamin D intake, and allow you to breathe some of the fresh spring air!
Be a tourist for the day
Do you live in a city or town with renowned tourist attractions but never seen them? Now is your chance! Springtime is the best time to beat the crowds and explore museums, local landmarks, and historical sites before the summer tourists crowd the place.
Check out the local produce at a market
Markets are great places for checking out the local produce, having a conversation with local people, and generally soaking up the springtime buzz in the air. Why not head down to a local farmer’s market or flea market to have a look around or even get yourself a great deal?!
Gardening is wonderful for your health. It keeps you fit, reduces stress, and can even provide you with fresh fruit and vegetables! Spring is the time to get planting so get your gardening gloves on and plant yourself a dream patch!
Welcome the birds
Spring signals the return of many migrating bird species, and those that stayed throughout the winter are often busy building a nest or feeding their newly hatched young. Putting up a bird feeder is a brilliant way to help our little winged friends, and as a result, you’ll attract lots of interesting bird species right into your back yard.
Take the chance to clean
Spring is synonymous with spring cleaning – probably because you can open your windows without catching frostbite for the first time in months! Although it may seem boring, spring cleaning is a good way to use your time, and you’ll feel less stressed and much better once it’s done.
Summer can be very temperamental, one moment it can be too hot to go out and the next it’s blowing a blizzard! Sometimes summer doesn’t seem to arrive at all. Don’t wait for summer to arrive, make the most of the good weather and pack up a picnic and enjoy the chance to eat outside while you can!
Go flower picking
In many places, flower picking is actually not encouraged and is sometimes even forbidden! This is because of the important role that flowers play in the delicate ecosystem of the great outdoors. Instead of picking flowers, why not go “modern” flower picking with a camera and take some great quality pictures of flowers in full bloom?!
Go for a drive
America has some of the most famous highways in the world, and when you’re not stressed out about getting from A to B, they can actually be quite stunning. Take a drive out in the country – or even better, get a loved one to drive for you so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery!
Go to the zoo
Springtime in the zoo is the best time to go because it’s when most animals give birth to their young! Make sure you visit in this brief period to see all the baby animals while they’re still at their cutest!
Take a trip to the ocean
Crashing blue waves, unbroken sand as far as the eye can see, the light cooing of the seabirds – winter is gone, and the sun won’t last forever! Get to the ocean while you have the opportunity!
Watch a live show
Of course, just because spring is here it doesn’t guarantee that the weather will be warm and dry. Have a back-up plan for when it rains. A great option is to go and see a theatre show or some live music!
Just because you’re in your senior years doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the great opportunities that springtime has to offer. Make the most of this change in the seasons by taking note of some of the ideas mentioned above!
Watching the snow fall can be exciting when you’re five. Yet when you’re seventy-five, the snow and the ice can make life difficult. For many elderly people, wintry conditions aren’t the cause of joy and excitement. Luckily, with the right preventive measures, seniors can stay safe and even enjoy the winter this season.
At Prestige Home Care Agency, we understand that winter weather can be challenging, especially for those with health conditions. Our team is always prepared to offer assistance to families who need it and our winter preparation tips were created for this reason. Read on to find out more about how you can keep your elder safe this winter season.
Hypothermia is a concern for the elderly because a decrease in body temperature due to the cold can be life-threatening for them. Being exposed to the cold, especially for prolonged periods of time, can cause hypothermia in adults. If an elderly person isn’t dressed properly for the cold, this can also cause hypothermia. In addition, medical conditions like diabetes can also make one more susceptible to hypothermia. To help your elderly family member stay safe and avoid hypothermia, follow these tips:
Keep your elderly loved one covered up when outdoors.
1. Many people get frostbite quickly, so it’s important to wear appropriate socks and layers when outdoors. Invest in a good scarf, too, since this helps trap heat.
Hire someone to shovel snow.
2. Don’t let your elderly loved one shovel the snow if the weather is too cold or if any medical conditions make this an unsafe task. It’s easy nowadays to hire a local neighbor for an affordable price. You can also ask another family member to handle the chore, instead.
Invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Having a carbon monoxide detector installed is important because gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide.
3. Make yourself available. If you think road conditions are too dangerous for driving, why not offer to help out? If your elderly loved one has scheduled doctor appointments, your help could be used for these visits, as well.
4. Create visitation days. Plan a few days in advance where you can just check in on your elderly loved one. Some people don’t like asking for help because they fear it is burdensome to family members. By scheduling surprise visits, you can offer your assistance without coming across as intrusive.