Senior Wellness: 5 Activities to Try This Summer

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5 Fun Summertime Activities for Seniors

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With summer right around the corner, now is the time for seniors to get out of doors, take in the weather, and enjoy a new outdoor activity. If you’re looking for a few good recommendations, let the experienced Sonoma County elderly care professionals help.

Disc Golf

The game is patterned after golf, but instead of clubs and balls, small plastic discs or Frisbees are used. The participants throw discs to the “hole” and strokes are the number of throws to reach the goal. Courses are laid out like smaller golf courses. Many parks now have disc golf courses and don’t charge green fees.

Backyard Campout

June 25th is the National Wildlife Funds annual Great American Campout Night. Many seniors have travel trailers, fifth wheels, and pop up campers, but rarely tent camp any longer. A backyard campout with friends or family can be a great way to rough it again with the convenience of being at home. All that is needed is a tent, a fire pit if safe, and the fixings for s’mores. Those with back problems may consider using an air mattress or raised cot.

Astronomy

For less than $300, an amateur stargazer can purchase a computerized telescope to automatically focus on an object. The astronomer merely has to type in the name of an object into the computer and the telescope finds it mechanically. Programs come with hundreds of preprogrammed celestial objects, from the moons of Jupiter to the Orion Nebula. A whole new view of the night sky waits. You could also treat your loved one to a trip to the local observatory or planetarium.

Community Garden

Many seniors love to garden, but a community garden adds a social component to the activity. A vacant lot can be turned into a fall bounty serving a dozen or more people. Normally, sections are staked out for individual growing. Tools, fertilizing, watering and other duties can be shared.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Ballooning should be on most people’s bucket lists. Nearly every geographic location has a chartered ballooning operator nearby. Costs vary, but average about $200 per person. Usually, the company will encourage the riders to help in setting up and inflating the balloon and will go over the flight plan and sites to see beforehand.

If your aging loved one could use help getting out and about this summer, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in, part-time, and respite care in Sonoma County, offering customized care schedules and 24/7 availability. Learn more about how our care services help seniors maintain a happy, healthy life by calling (707) 843.4368 today.