Thursday - Jul 19, 2018

Fun and Safe Spring Activities For Seniors


Fun and Safe Spring Activities For Seniors

Winter is over and warm weather is just around the corner. Here are some fun activities that seniors can enjoy this coming spring.

Travel and explore

Rent an RV and travel around the country in the comfort of your own home. With an RV, you won’t have to worry about where to stop and stay for the night. Plus, you can bring your furry companions with you!

If you can still drive for long hours, another travel option is to go on a road trip. With travel guides and highway maps, it’s easy to plan your overdue rendezvous.

Plan a family picnic

Get all the adults together and plan a special picnic on your front lawn or at the park. Assign potluck items such as meat wraps, potato salad, barbecue, and lemonade. Invite family and friends and turn your Sunday brunch into a festive outdoor picnic.

Visit a farmer’s market

Farmer’s markets are popular during spring months and are usually open on Saturdays and Sundays. Take a leisurely stroll as you check out the fresh produce and flowers.

Embrace nature

Spring months are perfect for taking a walk. Soak up some sun and enjoy the fresh breeze. Those who are less mobile can stay in the backyard, on the porch, or by an open window.

Bird watch

Put up a bird feeder in your garden or hit the trails for an outdoor adventure. Pack your bag with a birding book, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, drinking water, and a pair of binoculars.

Go fish

Fishing is one of the most relaxing activities for seniors. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with grandchildren and enjoy the outdoors.

Focus on fitness and health

Exercise is important for seniors. Here are some health and fitness activities you can do to get that body moving.

  • Create a home gym
  • Track your steps
  • Try yoga
  • Try weightlifting
  • Participate in charity walks
  • Join a cycling club
  • Swim at your YMCA or community pool
  • Learn a new sport

Start a garden

Gardening is therapeutic for those with dementia. Start with a small herb garden that can get decent sunlight throughout the day. Herbs that grow great indoors include:

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Thyme

Find a new hobby

One is never too old to learn something new. Learn new recipes. Build a computer. Start quilting. Learn how to brew your own coffee, tea, or beer. Join a theater group.

Keep your mind sharp with mind games

Cognitive games can help fight the symptoms of dementia. Stimulate your mind with these fun activities you can do online or offline:

  • Chess
  • Poker
  • Puzzles
  • Checkers
  • Cards
  • Board games
  • Crosswords

Adopt a pet. Get a fish tank. Schedule spring cleaning. There are plenty of things to do to keep seniors healthy and engaged this coming spring. Hope this list helps you make the most of your spring. Enjoy!

Written by The Village Of Bedford Walk, a senior living community in Columbia, MO.