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3 Safe And Sound Ways For Seniors To Enjoy The Springtime

By this time next week, the spring season will officially be in full effect! Even though we must admit that it was a pretty mild winter, here in Toronto, we’re happy to welcome the return of warmth and sunshine. If you live with elderly loved ones, you’re likely excited about the prospect of taking them on a few more outdoor excursions than normal. As always, of course, it’s vital to ensure that their safety is paramount.

Here are three safe and sound ways for seniors to enjoy the springtime:

1. Attend arts and crafts workshops.

Do the older adults in your life have artistic flairs that could use reinvigorating? A spring-themed arts and crafts workshop can stimulate their creativity. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment. At these workshops, seniors can enjoy creating floral arrangements, painting landscapes or making seasonal decorations. Art activities are known to improve dexterity, cognitive skills and emotional well-being. Seniors are cautioned, however, to strictly use non-toxic materials and work in well-ventilated areas.

All Seniors Care reports that research has shown that older adults who engaged in artistic activities, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, were 73 percent less likely to have memory and thinking problems. “Another benefit of painting is the feeling of satisfaction that comes with creating a piece of art,” says their website, “Being able to sit back and admire a picture, knowing that you created it yourself is incredibly gratifying. It may even have a transformative impact on your day.”

2. Take nature walks.

As we pointed out, the spring season graces us with many days of wonderful weather. It’s the perfect time of year for leisurely strolls in the park or nature reserves. Seniors and their families can enjoy the sights and sounds of spring, such as blooming flowers, chirping birds and gentle breezes. Walking is known to improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles and boost moods. Bear in mind that seniors should choose flat, even paths and wear supportive footwear to prevent falls.

“Seniors are at a higher risk of depression,” notes Ontario Parks, “Spending time in a natural setting, especially waterfront, has been long been prescribed to improve mood and provide comfort to those who may be grieving.”

3. Go on picnics.

The warm and sunny weather offers the perfect atmosphere for outdoor eating. Picnics are a delightful way for seniors to enjoy meals in the great outdoors with their friends and family members. It’s a good idea to prepare simple, healthy treats that include fruits and veggies. Pack them all up in a picnic basket and head to a local park or beach area. Picnics often encourage social interaction that can improve moods and reduce stress for seniors. Be sure to look out for a shady spot to protect from sunburn. As well, stay hydrated and bring along comfortable seating.

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we strongly believe in “safety first” no matter the spring activity your elderly loved ones engage in. If they are contending with any mobility issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our high-quality stair lifts and many other mobility solutions. Call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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