Unlock the Joy of Summer: Engaging Outdoor Activities for Seniors and Caregivers
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Unlock the Joy of Summer: Engaging Outdoor Activities for Seniors and Caregivers

Outdoor Activities for Seniors AND Caregivers to Enjoy Together this Summer

Getting outside during the summer has incredible benefits for seniors. According to a study by Harvard Health, spending time in the sun can boost Vitamin D levels and improve moods. Engaging in outdoor activities can significantly enhance the quality of life for you and your loved one. Let’s explore some senior-approved outdoor activities for you to enjoy together this summer!

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Visit a Local Pool or Lake

What better way to beat the summer heat than by spending time near a refreshing water source? Some seniors might enjoy dipping their feet in a nearby lake, while others may want to join a water aerobics class. Fishing is also a popular and relaxing water-related activity. If getting wet isn’t their cup of tea, a boat ride or simply sitting somewhere with a scenic water view can be just as refreshing.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is a wonderful and budget-friendly activity that can keep both you and your senior loved ones occupied and engaged throughout the summer. Whether relaxing in a nearby park or visiting a wildlife refuge, birdwatching is a calming and enjoyable experience. To enhance the birdwatching adventure, you can bring along:

  • Set of binoculars
  • A few varieties of birdseed to scatter
  • Notebook or checklist for recording sightings
  • Birding app for identifying bird species


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Attend a Simple Sporting Event

While major sporting events can be challenging for seniors due to extensive walking, climbing, and sun exposure, local sporting events are often much more accessible and enjoyable. Why not attend youth or recreational sports leagues’ games? Bring a comfortable chair, kick back, and cheer from the sidelines. It’s a great way to be a part of the community and support local teams.

Play Basic Yard Games

If your seniors enjoy a bit of healthy competition, classic yard games are perfect. Organize an informal summer tournament among friends or simply challenge each other. Just make sure to choose low-impact games that are suitable for seniors and their limitations. Some popular options include cornhole, bean bag toss, croquet, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, horseshoes, and pickleball.

Check Out Local Festivals

Summer is the season for community fairs and local festivals, and they offer a wide range of exciting outdoor activities. From craft shows to free concerts in parks, there’s something for everyone. Keep an eye on the community calendar, which can be found on local government or regional recreational websites, to stay updated on the upcoming events in your area.

Take a Stroll

Sometimes, the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Taking a stroll is a timeless pastime that everyone can appreciate. Make it an outing by choosing different daily routes or driving to a scenic location to soak in the sights. Not only will your seniors benefit from the sun, but the leisurely and healthy movement will also do them a world of good.


Town Square LogoCaregiver Tip:

We want to ensure your senior loved ones stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer days. As the temperature rises, it’s essential to schedule indoor activities for the mid to late afternoon, around the hottest time of the day, usually around 3 pm. This way, you can help them avoid excessive heat exposure and potential discomfort.

Many seniors find it beneficial to take a nap or enjoy a meal in an air-conditioned space between 2 pm and 4 pm when the sun is at its peak. By being mindful of the heat and planning indoor activities during these hours, you can help create a more pleasant and safe environment for your loved ones. (source The Farmer’s Almanac)