Spring is here at last, and there’s no better way to welcome the season than by heading outdoors and trying a new activity! Enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air with these fun springtime activities for seniors.
Take a springtime stroll
Walking is one of the simplest and most effective low-impact exercises for older adults. Just 30 minutes of walking each day can help improve circulation, increase muscle strength, and prevent the loss of bone mass. Many senior living communities have walking clubs to make daily exercise a fun, social activity!
Have a picnic
Spring is the perfect time to plan a picnic and appreciate the great outdoors. Invite family or friends to help you pack a picnic lunch and find a grassy area to eat outside, whether it’s at a local park or on the lawn at your senior living community. Spending time in the sunlight also helps the body produce vitamin D, which is essential for supporting the immune system and maintaining bone health. Just don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen!
Go bird watching
Bird watching or “birding” is a beloved spring pastime among people of all ages. Start by identifying local bird species in a field guide and use a notebook to record the types of birds you spot. You can also set up a bird feeder or birdbath outside your window to enjoy wildlife from the comfort of your own home!
Start a garden
Gardening is another favorite springtime activity that offers wonderful physical and mental health benefits for older adults. Tending to a garden is known to help reduce stress and anxiety, and the act of pulling weeds or planting seeds can also improve mobility and flexibility in older adults. You can even bring your garden indoors by planting easy-to-maintain houseplants like succulents or herbs.
Enjoy time with grandchildren
This spring, take advantage of the warmer weather and invite your grandchildren over to visit. Together you can enjoy fun, simple activities like drawing with sidewalk chalk or blowing bubbles. If springtime rain showers prevent you and your grandkids from getting outdoors, try playing cards or a board game or take a trip to a local museum.
These are just a few of the many springtime activities to try this season! In a senior living community, older adults have opportunities to experience a variety of engaging activities and social events all year round. From book clubs to fitness classes and even trips to local concerts or the theatre, there’s sure to be an activity that fits your interests!