The weather is getting hotter, which makes it the best time of year to get outdoors. However, an older adult’s idea of a “good time” is different from what people in younger age groups typically like to do for recreation and entertainment, especially when those activities take place outdoors.
Here are some tips for summer activities that are safe and fun for seniors – and also some precautions to make sure their day outside is a positive experience…
Make these 6 Summertime Senior Memories
1. Park Hangs
Most communities, even urban ones, have lots of public parks to relax outdoors. If you have any, round up your kids and grandkids and head for a family picnic at your local park. Put a blanket down, sit back and relax while the little ones run and play around. This is a great chance to have some old-fashioned family bonding and fun in the sun. Do not forget about water and the sunscreen.
2. Go For Lunch
The lunch menu is more economical than the dinner menu at most restaurants and the portions appear to be smaller too. Check review sites like Yelp and OpenTable to find recommendations for restaurants in your city. Also, these sites will tell you which restaurants have seating outside.
3. Give Back
One of the great things about retirement is that you have plenty of free time to do the things that matter most to you. That includes giving back to those in need for many people. Look for charities in your area, so you can volunteer your time to help out.
This time of year, flowers bloom like crazy, so head to your local nursery or home improvement store to pick up a few new plants for your garden. Do not feel the need to redo your whole yard; even a simple box of flowers can spruce up your home, giving it new life. Be sure to drink plenty of water when working outside, and take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and back.
If you’re not as mobile as you used to be, don’t be scared by the word “hike.” At this stage in your life there is no need to scale Mount Everest, unless you’ve been preparing for years. Check with your local Parks & Recreation department to find out about the hiking trails in your city.
6. Get Moving
Summer is the ideal time for outdoor exercise, and there are several choices available to suit seniors. Stay away from any “boot camp” outdoor fitness class in its name, as these types of classes tend to be incredibly challenging. Look instead for lessons in Outdoor Tai Chi or Yoga.
Being a senior doesn’t mean you ‘re home-bound. In fact, when you were younger you can enjoy many of the past-times you did. These are just a few of the many potential activities that you can try with your family or friends this summer to get the most out of the warmest season of the year.
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