Summer activities for seniors to enjoy

Summer activities for seniors to enjoy with family and friends

Warm weather is right around the corner, and it’s finally time to start thinking about how you can spend the summer months. Finding summer activities for seniors may take some creativity and planning, but getting out of the house and switching up your routine can really boost your health and overall wellness. 

 

When selecting activities to do this summer, consider the hobbies and interests that you may not be able to invest in anymore. For instance, if gardening is something you used to be passionate about, you might enjoy visiting local parks or botanic gardens, or helping a friend in their garden. No matter what you choose, enjoying a breezy spring day or the warm summer temperatures is beneficial for people of all ages.

The benefits of summer activities for seniors

One advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up some sunshine. Sun exposure generates vitamin D, which is necessary for a healthy brain, bones and muscles. Some doctors even prescribe sunlight as a source of vitamin D for their patients, which research has shown can improve cognitive function and mood.

 

In addition to the physical benefits of natural sunlight and fresh air, being outside provides mental and emotional benefits as well. Getting out enables seniors to socialize with new people, and many outdoor activities provide opportunities for interacting with children and animals. Such activities can give people an extra spring in their step and rejuvenate them. 

 

As with any good thing, practice moderation in your sun exposure to help avoid the damaging effects of sunburn. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen protection that has an SPF of 30 or higher and is water-resistant1.

Where to look for senior outdoor activities

Not sure where to look for senior outdoor activities? Start by talking to your family and friends about what they’re planning for the summer. Your list may not be identical to theirs, but it could be a great source of inspiration. You may even find some activities you could do together to boost your physical and mental health! 

 

Take a look at local events calendars as well. There are often activities and events that are senior-friendly right in your own backyard. If you’re still in need of some ideas, talk to your doctor or care team about summer activities that could benefit your unique health needs.

Warm weather activities to try this summer

Not all activities are suitable for the summertime, and not all will be the right fit for your health needs. As you do your research, consider the following warm weather activities: 

 

Become a tourist in your own town 

Have you discovered all the "hidden gems" in your area? Whether you live in a big city or small town, there are often parks, historic neighborhoods, cultural centers and community activities that are easily adaptable to the varying needs of seniors. 

 

Catch a sporting event 

Depending on how warm it is outside and your individual health needs, try attending a grandchild's soccer tournament or a professional baseball game as an action-packed way to reconnect with one of your favorite pastimes, as well as your family and friends. 

 

Picnic outdoors 

Sometimes, it’s just nice to do everyday activities outside! Have a picnic at a park or in your own backyard with a new neighbor or an old friend. You’ll be able to spend some quality time together while enjoying some time in the sun. Just be sure to find an area with comfortable seating and plenty of shade. 

 

Remember, your body doesn't adjust to temperature changes or perceive thirst as well as it used to. Whatever activity you choose, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and be sure to go at a pace that’s comfortable for you. 

 

 

This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed professional. You should consult with an applicable licensed professional to determine what is right for you.

 

  1. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/sunscreen-patients/sunscreen-faqs 
  2. https://www.agingcare.com/articles/summer-activities-to-do-with-seniors-150881.htm
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