Taking care of elderly individuals includes finding ways to keep them active without involving them in activities that may be a bit too stressful physically. It’s especially important to find some means for outdoor fun during the summer so that all involved can benefit from some fresh air and sunshine.
With that in mind, consider exploring a few of these summer outdoor activities to make taking care of elderly loved ones more enjoyable.
- Going for a walk. Is there a nice, shady park or tree-lined avenue near the house? Going for a little stroll in the morning or early in the evening is a good way to get a little exercise and enjoy the day when it’s not too hot.
- Swimming. Whether it’s the town pool or a nearby beach, spending a little time in the water is a lovely way to beat the heat and get a little exercise. (Of course, it’s important to wear plenty of sunscreen and take appropriate precautions along the way.) Neither the caregiver nor the patient has to swim, of course; simply being in the water and moving around often provides plenty of activity.
- Horseshoes. Sure, it’s old fashioned, but it’s fun, and it’s about the easiest game to set up and play. Simply drive a couple of stakes into the lawn, get a few horseshoes, and start tossing. Add in a few breaks for lemonade or iced water for extra enjoyment.
- Croquet. This may require a little more time to set up (and perhaps a little more skill to play), but many seniors find croquet a wonderful way to have fun. The mallets are often just the right weight – not too heavy, not too light – so that seniors can get a little exercise without straining themselves too much.
- Metal detecting. Many seniors enjoy combing the beach or a meadow with a metal detector for whatever interesting items they can find.
- Boat rides. If there’s a lake, river, or other body of water nearby, see if they offer the opportunity to go out in a boat. Whether it’s a caregiver and a patient alone in a rowboat or paddleboat or in the company of dozens of others on a sightseeing boat or party barge, taking a ride on the water can be a relaxing and peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Those taking care of elderly individuals can undoubtedly think of other outdoor activities to try; just let that imagination soar.