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With August beginning today, many Canadians are already dreading the end of summer. Throughout our nation, the warmest and sunniest of seasons is generally considered to be too short. Even though families all across Canada will be preparing for the back-to-school season by the end of the month, we’re here to remind you that there’s still a lot of summer left to enjoy!
Yes, there are many warm and sunny days ahead. So why not make plans to get outside and enjoy it all? If you have elderly loved ones in your life, this is especially helpful advice. Believe it or not, it’s best for seniors to spend time outdoors when the weather permits. There are numerous health benefits to getting outside. Of course, it’s important that they enjoy the great outdoors safely.
Having a green thumb is a great trait for a senior to have. It helps him/her enjoy the outdoors without having to engage in any rigorous activities. It’s wise to ensure that your elderly loved one is wearing a wide-brimmed hat to avoid overexposure to the sun. As well, it’s important to stay hydrated while out in the garden. So be sure to equip the senior in your life with a water bottle during his/her gardening activities.
“Gardening is a popular hobby for people of all ages,” says Shawna Epstein on RetireAtHome.com, “Planting vegetables and flowers in the yard and looking after them can be a lot of fun. At the same time, getting all the vegetables and fresh cut flowers from your own garden can be fulfilling. The size of the garden, however, should be reasonable. After all, gardening for seniors should be more of a hobby than a duty.”
Over the past couple of months, our blog has included a few entries about the importance of a good night’s sleep for seniors. One way to ensure that your elderly loved one enjoys a better night’s rest is to include more outdoor activities in his/her life. Light walks around the block are often enough exercise to help seniors enjoy healthier lifestyles while also using enough energy to help them sleep better at night.
“When you’re outdoors, you’re more likely to be exercising,” comments the website belonging to The Overlook, a Massachusetts-based senior living community, “And when you exercise, research has found, you sleep better and more restfully. As a result, you’re more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next day, ready to engage in any number of vitality-promoting activities.”
Naturally, a senior’s safety must be placed at the top of the priority list when he/she goes outside. In many cases, mobility solutions such as walkers, rollators or wheelchairs are necessary in order to help elderly people travel safely along outdoor terrain. If you’re concerned about taking your elderly loved one outdoors because of his/her mobility issues, please contact LifeCare Mobility Solutions today!