Senior Activities to Welcome the Season

Ah, spring! A time to be full of joy, a season full of hope. There’s just something about it that makes you want to celebrate. And who is more deserving of some joy and celebration than you?

The changing seasons are enjoyable but after a long and tedious winter, you deserve some relief. Even if you live in a milder climate, cold temperatures can affect an older adult’s circulation, making it difficult to get outside.
A negative consequence of this is that being cooped up indoors can lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

The solution to shaking off the winter blues may lie in some of the fun senior activity ideas listed below:

Spring Activity Suggestions for Seniors

  • Feeding birds, ducks, or geese by a pond. Alternately, filling bird feeders and watching the wildlife they attract.
  • Planting a garden (if you have access to land) or even just some border flowers or potted herbs and plants.
  • Doing spring cleaning. Why not make a game of this and include sorting through items to donate or discard? 
  • Walking outside, preferably around the neighbourhood or an attractive park.
  • Trying new spring recipes made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs – maybe even some from your (or a family member’s / friend’s) garden!
  • Relaxing outside on a porch, deck, or patio.
  • Exercising outdoors. For seniors, this may consist of simple stretches or other exercises that are easy on the joints correspond to your fitness level.
  • People-watching. Don’t underestimate this time-honoured activity! Simply observing people at a park, outdoor café, or another public place is engaging.
  • Visiting a farmer’s market. This is a wonderful opportunity for combining several of the aforementioned suggestions.
  • Picking flowers. There is nothing more quintessential to springtime than flowers. Whether they’re picked from a loved one’s garden or bought at a farmer’s market, displaying various blossoms around your home is sure to bring smiles.

Content from The Institute on Aging | 3575 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco , CA,  U.S.A  94118 

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