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5 Springtime Activities for Older Adults

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After a chilly winter, it’s a relief to know that sunny spring weather is right around the corner. Since spring is the season of renewal and rebirth, it’s the perfect time to get outside, soak up some vitamin D, and mix up your daily routine. No matter your senior lifestyle, you can enjoy all that the season has to offer with these six springtime activities:

  1. Take a springtime stroll. For older adults, walking is one of the best sources of exercise, and it’s even more refreshing on a spring day. Head outside to visit your neighbors or hit the local walking trails. Many retirement communities organize walking clubs so seniors can exercise together and have fun socializing along the way!
  2. Go bird watching. Nothing says springtime like the sound of birds chirping. Birdwatching, or “birding,” is a fun hobby for any senior lifestyle. All you need is a pair of binoculars and a field guide to spot local bird species and record your findings. For seniors who want to get closer to nature, try visiting a local nature reserve or park to feed ducks corn or lettuce. You can also enjoy the beauty of wildlife from the comfort of your own home by setting up a bird feeder outside your window.
  3. Bring nature indoors. Gardening is another fun springtime activity for seniors. Pulling weeds and planting seeds is relaxing and gives you a sense of accomplishment. For older adults with limited mobility, consider bringing nature indoors by planting window boxes, fragrant potted herbs, or even displaying some freshly cut flowers.
  4. Plan a picnic lunch. After a winter spent cooped up indoors, there’s no better way to celebrate spring than enjoying a delicious meal outside. Invite friends and family to help you pack a picnic lunch and eat it on a comfortable blanket at a local park or even on the lawn at your community. You can also eat lunch in the sunshine on the patio at a local restaurant.
  5. Switch up your routine. Spring is the season of new beginnings, and there’s no better time to try a new activity or hobby. Senior living communities – like Bethany Village – also offer fun, organized events for residents, from yoga to book clubs and even trips to the theatre. With so many options, there’s bound to be an activity to match your senior lifestyle.

 

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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