These fun summer activities for seniors can help you make great summer memories together.
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This time of year, is perfect to have summer activities for seniors. The cold winters here in North Carolina keep many of us indoors, so when the weather finally starts to warm up, many are eager to step outside and enjoy the sunshine. Looking for the best summer activities for seniors? We’ve got you covered with these family-friendly ideas.
Make Lemonade Together
Life has handed many of us lemons this past year due to the pandemic. Now that conditions are improving, it’s time to turn those lemons into lemonade―and quality time. Grab some lemons, water, and sugar and make lemonade with your senior loved one. If you’re using our Asheville home care or Charlotte home care service, this is an easy activity for your caregiver to do, too. Nothing chases away the summer heat like an ice-cold drink!
Play Board Games on the Porch
If your idea of senior fun means getting outside but also avoiding the blazing hot sun, bring a couple of board games to the porch. You can enjoy the cool shade and fresh breezes while competitively bonding over their favorite games. Playing games can also help keep senior minds sharp and focused. This is another activity that can become part of your senior’s in-home care.
Take Walks in the Park
Staying active is important at any age, so why not take advantage of the nice weather and stay active together? You and your senior loved ones can take early morning walks in a local park before the heat of the day. Walking is a low-impact exercise that works multiple muscles at once and elevates the heart rate for a simple yet effective workout.
Do Something Creative
Creative projects like painting, pottery, or scrapbooking let you make something special together. Your art will instantly become a treasured keepsake, along with the memories it created. Check around for local art classes to see what’s available.
Plan a Picnic
Feel like a change of scenery? A picnic is one of the best senior activities because it can be tailored to every family’s preferences. You have total control over the menu, location, and time of day. Plus, you get to connect with nature and the world around you. An early lunch or evening dinner are the best times to plan a picnic to avoid the hottest part of the day. State parks offer excellent picnic spots, often with a view of the water. You can also choose a local park with a playground for the kids or even your own backyard.
Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
There is something to be said about the power of animals. Animals naturally increase our serotonin production and decrease the stress hormone cortisol, which is why animals are common in therapy. Take your senior loved one to volunteer at a local shelter and spend a couple of hours playing with animals. You’ll be doing a charitable organization a favor and making fun memories in the process.
For more senior fun and inspiration, head back to our Senior Care blog.