Apr 4, 2018 by Diane Genovese
Many of our aging adults spend the bulk of their time just managing to get through the day. They do not often leave their home, assisted living center or nursing home, except for doctor appointments and an occasional holiday.
Being cooped up inside all winter can be very challenging for anyone, but especially for our senior population. Springtime can be a time of rejuvenation for them with many options to enjoy this time of year. The elderly, who can still be young at heart, want and need to go outside to enjoy the warmth, the sunshine and listen to the many sounds of the birds. There are many activities senior citizens can enjoy outdoors that are fulfilling while not being too physically demanding. Physical activity does not have to be strenuous or tiresome.
There are activities that can increase movement such as gardening, walking, water aerobics, walking the dog, playing with the grandchildren, to name a few. Picnics in the park are always fun and relaxing. Elderly individuals can watch children run around or enjoy the buzz of outdoor activity while enjoying their favorite picnic foods.
Gardening can be a very fulfilling activity. Gardening allows individuals the opportunity to play a more active part in the world around them.
Consider a hanging garden such as tomato plant on a shepherds hook. These hooks work beautifully for vegetables as well as flowers. Tending plants can battle feelings of isolation by giving individuals an opportunity to step out of their home and have a purpose to be responsible for the care of plants and feel in control.
Watching Hummingbirds is a definite joy. These beautiful little birds come in lovely colors and they seem to hover in mid-air as they sip nectar from the feeder. Attaching a hummingbird feeder by windows can provide much pleasure as they perch for a drink and then are gone in the blink of an eye. These feeders are specially designed for holding nectar rather than seeds.
A Sunday afternoon drive was a ritual for many adults when I was growing up. A drive along our beautiful beaches or a drive into the country to see the blossoming trees can be very pleasurable. Lake Michigan offers some gorgeous sunsets alive with many colors to enjoy.
When was the last time you took your elder to a restaurant that he or she has enjoyed over the years? Now that snow isn't a problem, it's a much easier outing. Keep in mind that going for a meal at off-peak times is a good idea. That usually means less stress for everyone. Also, elders who are hard of hearing won't feel as isolated if there's less background noise. After a meal out, ice cream is always a wonderful finishing touch.
Spring is a season of renewal and rebirth. Enjoy!
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
—Harriet Ann Jacobs
Owner Comfort Keepers