Summertime isn’t over yet! If you’ve run out of ideas of fun things to do with your elderly loved one for the remainder of the season, we’ve got a list of some great options. Whether you know a senior who loves the outdoors or prefers to stay inside, here are some of the best summer activities for seniors that both of you can enjoy!
Take a field trip!
There are so many places to go! An outing can give your elderly parent or loved one a sense of excitement and anticipation with something to look forward to. Add some childlike wonder and plan a different field trip for each week. Here are some ideas:
Explore aquatic life! From indoor exhibits showcasing exotic fish to sea lion shows and interactive experiences, your senior loved one will never want to leave!
- Art museum
Seniors who love art and culture will most certainly enjoy visiting an art museum. Some art museums have special programs for seniors, so check your local museum for information.
- Music Festivals
You can usually find a plethora of free music events and festivals during the summer months. Check your local newspaper or search online for music events happening in your area.
A day at the beach or pool could be an excellent way for seniors to sit back, relax and get some fresh air. So, pack a lunch and kick back in the summer sun. Just don’t forget to bring an umbrella and sunscreen for skin protection.
If your elderly loved one has a creative nature and has a knack for arts and crafts, why not try some of these fun activities:
Grab some scissors and your box of old family pictures to create a book of memories. Not only is scrapbooking good for keeping hands busy, but it can also be a great way for seniors to exercise their mind.
Knitting and crocheting is a great stress-reducer. If your senior loved one tends to get anxious, this could be the perfect summer activity to keep them calm.
Seniors that may have limited mobility can enjoy playing games. Not only are games fun, but they are also useful for brain health too! If your senior loved one likes a bit of competition, try these brain-teasing games:
A game of chess or checkers requires some serious thinking skills. Your senior will be sure to get a good brain workout!
A game of dominoes will certainly give brains a good sharp exercise. Pattern recognition and logical thinking skills are a must!
From Sudoku to word search, these puzzles require full use of your thinking cap! Try a good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle as well to boost brain power!
Keeping seniors active and their mind stimulated can have a positive impact on their overall health and wellness. The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages seniors to participate in recreations. We provide many activities that foster a good, healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about how The Arbors Assisted Living Communities can help you and your senior loved one.