The warm sunny summer weather often encourages seniors to get out of the house, head to the local park, and participate in some fun activities. If your elderly loved one is looking to spend some time outdoors, Summit elder care experts suggest some recreational activities he or she will likely enjoy.
Metal detectors can be found at affordable prices and are usually legal to use on public land. Though these devices can take some getting used to, they are easy to operate and can help your loved one get some exercise. Metal detecting is a hobby people of all ages can enjoy, which means your loved one can bring along the grandchildren for a fun bonding experience. In addition to parks, your loved one might also want to explore old schools, abandoned farms, and beaches to find some hidden treasures.
This is one of the most popular post-retirement activities because it stimulates the mind and gives seniors a chance to stretch their legs. To start enjoying this hobby, your loved one just needs a pair of binoculars and a book about local birds. If your loved one can’t find any books on local birds, he or she can ask the park rangers if they have pamphlets or guides that would be useful for bird watchers.
Many park games are perfect for seniors who would like to remain active despite having limited mobility. Some of the most popular games include horseshoes, mini golf, bocce ball, and lawn darts. A 2003 analysis of 18 different studies revealed playing these games might slow cognitive decline while boosting memory and focus. Playing outdoor games also contributes toward the 150 minutes of exercise seniors should be getting every week.
Plays and Concerts
Not every activity in the park requires your loved one to break a sweat. Parks often offer free or affordable plays, concerts, and other outdoor shows to local residents. These events can be a great way for your loved one to ease into a social setting that can stimulate the senses and encourage him or her to interact with others.
Getting to the park to enjoy activities such as these may be difficult for some seniors. If your loved one needs assistance with mobility or transportation, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer flexible part-time and live-in care plans, and we also provide specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Summit families trust. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.