The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and spring is on its way. We all know that sunshine, exercise, and fresh air can do wonders for our health, fighting depression, mental degeneration, and all types of chronic disease. Seniors, in particular, should take advantage of these benefits and make good use of the warm weather while it’s here.
Get in touch with nature
Outdoor activity is essential to staying healthy and happy, no matter your age. Get in touch with nature with these activities:
- Start a garden. Gardening is a productive activity that almost anyone can do and is the perfect way to kick off the spring season.
- If you don’t have space for a garden, try growing herbs in your home! Herb boxes are easy to start and fun to work on—plus, with a supply of fresh herbs at the ready, you’ll never have a boring meal again.
- Set up a bird feeder for bird watching. You might be surprised at how many exotic birds you can find from the comfort of your own backyard. Buy a hanging feeder and watch the critters go.
- Get some patio furniture and make outdoor time part of your routine.
Get some exercise
Exercise is beneficial for adults of all ages, but keeping active is particularly important for seniors who want to stay fit and mobile as they grow older. Consider these options:
- Visit a local park or trail and just walk around. Enjoy the fresh air.
- For an activity that’s easier on the joints, consider bicycling. Cycling is great exercise and can provide an amazing sense of freedom to seniors who struggle to get around due to joint pain.
- Give swimming a try. Swimming is one of the lowest-impact exercises out there and is perfect for seniors who struggle with mobility. Check out guided water aerobics classes or underwater calisthenics.
Get out there and socialize
Too many seniors stay isolated in their homes and miss out on great opportunities to socialize. And this socialization is important, particularly for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that regular socialization is one of the most important factors in improving a patient’s mental acuity. With that in mind, try these options:
- Look for local groups at community centers or churches that host activities for seniors. Regular socializing is a great way to keep the mind sharp, particularly for seniors who have trouble getting out.
- Take a class at a local college, such as pottery, weaving, or painting. These are often inexpensive and can introduce seniors to fun hobbies they can enjoy on their own or with others.
- Volunteer with charitable groups, such as the Salvation Army, relief shelters, or even through programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Tidy up the house
Spring means spring cleaning. And according to a survey of U.S. adults, the hardest part about spring cleaning is just getting started. Don’t put it off another minute.
- If you have some extra time on your hands and want to go even deeper, consider downsizing your possessions. Most of us have way more junk in our closets than we need, and if you look at which products you use on a daily basis, you’ll likely find plenty of things to get rid of. Get serious about cleaning house.
- These are just a few options, but the sky is the limit. Get creative and think of new ways to spend your time now that spring is here.