Spring brings days of warmer temperatures and sunshine. The season is ideal for encouraging older adults to venture outdoors. There are several appropriate and enjoyable springtime activities for seniors that also provide health benefits.
1. Encounter Nature
Take a leisurely stroll with your senior loved one around the neighborhood, a local park, or a nature preserve. Maybe just sit in the backyard and have a little picnic. Stop and see the spring flowers blooming, and smell their pleasant fragrance. Keep your eye out for local birds and their nests. Installing a bird feeder is another option that typically delights older adults, as they can watch their feathered friends stop by for a meal. Spending time in nature is ideal for stimulating various senses, which enhances cognitive function.
Some elderly people have mobility challenges that make it difficult to get out on their own, but they can enjoy the outdoors with the help of a professional caregiver. Whether they just need assistance with daily tasks or they require 24-hour care, La Mesa seniors can enjoy optimal quality of life with the help of compassionate home caregivers.
2. Spruce Up the House
Craft projects are often appealing to older adults. With your loved one and the rest of the family, make some colored eggs. Maybe gather some wildflowers and create a table centerpiece or put them in a vase. Paint or color spring-themed pictures to hang around the home. Make some sachets or potpourri to bring the fragrances of the season indoors. These activities stimulate the brain in a variety of ways while also boosting fine motor skills.
3. Host a Family Gathering
Seniors often adore spending time with family and friends. If weather permits, have an outdoor picnic. Otherwise, have a potluck dinner indoors. Encourage your loved one to help you prepare the meal as much as he or she is able. Spending time with family provides social activity that prevents isolation and depression. Cooking in the kitchen together also provides the opportunity to reminisce about past gatherings, which helps seniors maintain memory skills.
4. Start an Indoor Garden
If your loved one can no longer venture outside to tend to a garden, help him or her create one indoors. Plant herbs if your loved one enjoys cooking, or create a windowsill planter and grow a few types of flowering plants. Maybe hang some tomato plants in upside-down planters. A bonsai tree is another possibility. Indoor gardens give seniors the opportunity to nurture and tend the plants, which often serves to boost mood. The fruits of their labor provide a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
5. Go Fishing
Fishing is a good way to alleviate stress and elevate mood, and it merely requires a fishing rod, bait, a fishing license, and perhaps a hat. Baiting the hook and casting the line provides some exercise for the hand and arm muscles. The time spent together at a pond, lake, or river offers the chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company and share stories and memories.
6. Do Some Spring Cleaning
Many households accumulate items over the years. Spring is the ideal time to join your loved one and encourage him or her to eliminate some of the clutter. Decluttering provides a bit of exercise and reduces the risk of falls. Encountering forgotten items creates the chance to share memories.
Outdoor activities boost physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but some aging adults need a bit of help to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Rely on the experienced professionals from Coast Care Partners to provide the compassionate La Mesa elderly home care your loved one needs to perform everyday tasks and maintain a higher quality of life. For more information about our flexible in-home care plans, call one of our friendly staff today at 619-354-2544.