Many seniors experience the winter blues. Spring is the perfect time for older adults to get outdoors and brush off feelings of loneliness or depression.
Too often, caregivers can get wrapped up in a routine that doesn’t include an older adult’s mental health. Fresh air, physical activity, and time with others is a great prescription for a boost in serotonin in both patient and caregiver. We put together twenty simple activities caregivers and family members can initiate with seniors in order to promote positive mental health.
- Walk, Bike or Visit A Local Park
- Eat Outdoors at A Restaurant
- Enjoy Tourist Attractions
- Go Fishing
- Go on A Picnic
- Go See an Outdoor Show
- Invest in A Birdfeeder
- Decorate for Spring or Easter
- Cook Spring Recipes
- Plan an Outdoor Activity with Friends or Family
- Create an Indoor Garden
- Try Water Aerobics
- Feed Ducks at a Lake
- Catch a Sporting Event
- Enjoy an Outdoor Picnic
- Go for Ice Cream
- Play Yard Games
- Spring Clean
- Visit A Farmers Market
- Visit a Museum or Botanical Garden
When going on any exertion with seniors make sure you both have easy access to water, practice sun safety, and ensure no medications are missed. You can help seniors feel included and in control by involving them in planning and inviting others to join.
Keep limitations in mind and plan ahead in order to create a safe and enjoyable journey for all. Planning ahead might be mapping out space, calling to ensure accessibility or double checking for senior discounts. A plan can prevent stressful or even potentially dangerous situations for caregiver, family, and patient.
For seniors with unique limitations, consider bringing spring to them! You can add fresh flowers to the house, encourage indoor gardening, open windows to let in fresh air, or include sitting on the porch to enjoy a beverage as part of your spring routine.
Take advantage of spring weather before it is too hot for seniors to safely enjoy the outdoors.