This week has been beautiful — vaccinations are on the rise and the summer is on its way! Take advantage of this mild spring weather and spend time with your elderly loved ones. We’ve been closed up inside for far too long. We’ve put together a list of simple outdoor activities that are great for all ages, and can be coordinated by families and caregivers alike.
Create a Box Garden
This is a great activity to do together — gardening simultaneously creates beautiful scenery and gives your loved ones an extended spring activity to focus on. A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that gardening can lower cortisol levels in the brain, which helps relieve stress. Sunshine and fresh air are also mood booster, particularly after being stuck inside all year. Gardening also encourages older folks to stay active — the hand movements and sensory awareness required to tending to plants keep critical functions sharp.
Need inspiration on what to plant? Check out these ideas!
- Container Grown Wildflowers: Tips On Caring For Potted Wildflower Plants
- Best Plants for Seniors – Beginner Gardening
- Gardens For Senior Citizens: Creating An Easy Care Senior Garden
Dine Al Fresco at Home
Yes, outdoor dining is back in most Massachusetts restaurants, and you and your pod may be vaccinated, but perhaps you’re still feeling (understandably!) apprehensive about being around other people or exposing your elderly loved ones to potentially risky environments for their immune systems. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the joys of outdoor dining at home!
Setup some lawn chairs and bring your dinner outside! The fresh air is a welcome change to the daily supper routine and is a good stimulus for elderly folks who may be tired of the insides of their house.
Take a Trip to the Arnold Arboretum
Did you know that this week is Earth Week? Take advantage of this beautiful weather and take a little trip to view the spring blooms at the Arboretum. This month, the lilac’s are in full bloom! Spend a Saturday or Sunday among the beautiful plants and flowers that the arboretum has to share. The arboretum also typically has wheelchairs available to assist people who may need mobility support — learn more here.
Schedule a Ride!
Abundant Home Health Care’s Companion Concierge service is a great option for these activities — Abundant Concierge offers safe, comfortable door-to-door ride service and transportation for seniors and the elderly. We will get you to your appointments safely, on time, and relaxed. Abundant Concierge clients enjoy convenient transportation and companionship on their way to their doctor, dentist, day surgery, family gatherings, or a night out on the town. To schedule a Concierge ride, call Tim at 617-584-5175 or email email@example.com.
As always, stay safe + stay healthy! We are here for any of your home care needs – reach out today if you’d like to learn more!