We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the glorious, beautiful summer is winding down. Yes, it technically has a little over one full month to go. Nevertheless, over the course of the next two weeks, the kids will be back in school. In the meantime, we’re sure you have a number of fun summer activities planned for the whole family. But are the elderly loved ones in your family able to enjoy them?
Here are three fun summer activities that are safe for seniors:
1. Outdoor chair yoga.
Yoga is widely touted as an excellent way to increase flexibility, muscle strength and tone. It’s also known to improve respiration, energy and vitality. However, older adults can’t exactly get into most poses suggested by yoga instructors. This is what makes chair yoga a wonderful exercise for seniors. Why not try it outdoors while the weather still allows it?
“Chair yoga is a beneficial activity for seniors because it eases pressure on the joints for those with mobility issues,” explains Chartwell.com, “Doing a variety of poses, flows and routines can help relieve pain and improve flexibility and posture, according to the Rick Hansen Foundation. Chair yoga also involves meditation, which helps clear the mind and promotes relaxation.”
2. Bird watching.
One of our colleagues recently told us that his elderly parents didn’t like to leave the house very much – even to go to the backyard. He decided to buy them a bird feeder. At first, his folks scoffed at the idea of “wasting money on bird seed”. However, once he filled that feeder, the birds began showing up regularly. Today, his parents consider themselves proud adoptees of the cardinals, blue jays and robins that visit them every day!
“With a small investment in a bird feeder and/or birdbath, many hours of bird watching can be enjoyed,” notes the Sage Minder blogger, “The birds love to bathe in my small garden pond and sometimes it is quite funny to watch. Keeping the feeder full and water in the birdbath are daily activities to keep you busy. This can be a more in-depth activity by borrowing books from you local library and identifying the various birds that will visit.”
You’ll not likely to meet a medical professional or health expert who doesn’t recommend walking. As you know, it requires little physical exertion to take a walk around the park. Walking strengthens your muscles and bones, keeps your heart healthy and lifts your mood. Is there a walking club in your area you can join?
“By joining a group, you not only get all the mental and physical benefits of walking outdoors, but also the social benefits of taking part in the activity with others,” says Chartwell. At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we understand, of course, if walking causes some aches and pains for your elderly loved one. We’re also sensitive to the fact that some seniors are uncomfortable with walking too far for fear of falling.
We highly recommend you contact us to discuss some of our high-quality mobility solutions that can help to remedy this problem. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!