Summer is the perfect season for seniors who want to participate in activities that can boost their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Folsom at-home care experts have 5 suggestions for activities your elderly loved one might enjoy in the warm weather.
1. Start a Garden
Gardening has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, increase muscle tone, and boost cognitive function. Your loved one should start by planting in the early spring or summer months. Throughout the summer, you or a Folsom caregiver can work with your loved one to weed, water, and care for the garden. If your loved one uses a wheelchair, consider installing a raised garden bed he or she can reach easily from the chair. At the end of the summer, you can pick vegetables together and enjoy a healthy dinner.
2. Watch the Sunrise
Many seniors feel better during the morning hours. This is especially true for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease because daylight can help them maintain a normal sleep-wake cycle and prevent sundowning symptoms. The early morning hours of summer are cooler and can provide the perfect breathtaking backdrop for spending time together. Make some coffee and enjoy talking while the sun rises. If your loved one is interested in photography, encourage him or her to take pictures to share later.
3. Have a Family Barbecue
With children out of school, summer is the ideal time for them to visit grandparents. A family barbecue can be a great setting for some quality time together. If loud noises and excitement are too overwhelming for your loved one, consider having just a few family members or friends over so he or she can enjoy the time with everyone and still receive the benefits of socialization.
4. Go Swimming
Swimming can help your loved one increase his or her muscle tone and get a cardiovascular workout while staying cool. Since swimming is a low-impact exercise, it is ideal for seniors who have conditions affecting their knees. Check with a local recreation center to see if there are special swim classes or times for seniors to swim. Swimming can also provide an opportunity for your loved one to socialize and make friends, preventing depression and loneliness.
5. Document Personal History
A recording or written record of your loved one’s life can be a treasured possession for generations to come. Encourage your loved one to take advantage of being indoors in the warm summer afternoons by writing down his or her life story. If your loved one has difficulty with the physical act of writing, set up a simple recording device that can then be transcribed into a story to be shared with the family.
In the hot summer months, it’s important for seniors to limit their time in the sun, stay cool, drink plenty of fluids, and relax as much as possible. If your loved one needs help staying safe in the warm weather, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can ensure your loved one enjoys participating in activities without putting his or her health at risk, and they can also assist him or her with a wide variety of daily tasks. Learn more about our hourly and live-in care services and the Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care Folsom, Granite Bay, and Placer County families trust by calling 916.226.3737 today.