Summer is a great time for adults of all ages. But with the hot sun and high temperatures even seniors can be affected. It’s important to remember that aging adults are most vulnerable and should avoid certain summer activities to stay healthy. Try these five summer activities for seniors during the warmer months!
Stay Active and Cool
Staying active can be a year-round chore but it’s even more difficult when the heat and humidity are high. You don’t have to let summer become an exercise disaster, though. There are many low-impact options for seniors who want to stay active this season, from swimming to water aerobics and chair tai chi to balloon volleyball.
Movies offer an emotional escape and can distract from present illness. Film therapy also provides a way to relax for those diagnosed with dementia. Older adults should be allowed to choose their favorite films, but make sure there are several genres available. Avanti Senior Living holds movie nights in the beautifully decorated theater area. Classic films and comedies are among our residents’ favorite genres!
There are many low-impact options for seniors who want to stay active this season, from swimming to water aerobics and chair tai chi to balloon volleyball.
Enjoy a Cold Treat
This summer, enjoy one of America’s favorite desserts: ice cream! The best way to try it is at a social hosted by your local Boys Scouts or Girl Scout troop. You may even get some health benefits from indulging responsibly. For instance, ice cream can help you stay hydrated in the hot sun and offer other nutritional benefits as well! Looking for a reason to go out and enjoy the summer? National Ice Cream Day is right around the corner on July 18th! Just make sure you consider any dietary restrictions before indulging.
Try Art Therapy
Art therapy can provide creative stimulation for the aging population and those living with dementia. From expressing emotions to boosting fine motor skills, art has many benefits for seniors. One specific type of art that researchers have found significant benefits in is clay work.
The summer heat may limit your outdoor activities in some cases, but it is important to remember the benefits of getting outside. Spending some time outdoors helps increase vitamin D levels and can help fight depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and low immunity.