Caregiver in St. Cloud MN
June is Great Outdoors Month, which means it is time to get up and moving outside. There are activities that people of all ages can participate in, including older adults. Elders who live by themselves often become confined to their home, being isolated from the world outside their doorstep. These adults may benefit from the companionship caregivers have to offer, giving your loved one someone to spend time with during the day when you and other family members are busy with your own schedules.
Some elders also refuse to spend too much time outdoors because of mobility issues, but activities outside do not necessarily require a great deal of physical activity. Here are a few activities elders with various levels of physical abilities can participate in.
- Garden. One of the most popular outdoor activities in the summer is gardening. This is a great way to get the yard looking beautiful, while also getting a great workout in. Seniors with limited mobility can create a small scale garden using containers.
- Take your art outside. People who enjoy drawing or painting can easily take their hobby outside. A caregiver can assist your loved one in setting up their easel, canvas, paints, and chair in the backyard. Who knows, the elder may become inspired to draw something they see during their time in nature.
- Fish. Fishing is a peaceful sport that many people find relaxing. Take a boat out on the lake or throw a fishing hook over the edge of the dock.
- Golf. Similar to fishing, golfing can be a calming sport that still provides a great workout. Take your loved one out on the golf course for an afternoon of fresh air and bonding.
- Take pictures of nature. You do not need to be a professional photographer to take nature photos, you just need to have a camera. A simple digital camera or smartphone could provide quality photographs of a beautiful sunset, beautiful flowers, or animals that cross your path.
- Build something. Get a hammer and nails and begin building. Birdhouses and outdoor décor are popular choices, but your loved one can build whatever would make them happy.
- Play games. Outdoor games do not have to require a lot of running. There are actually several backyard games that require very little movement, but still provide hours of fun. Horseshoes, croquet, and bean bag toss are all great options.
Older adults can spend time doing these activities by themselves, with an elder care professional, or with family members. These ideas are a perfect way for elders to bond and create memories with the people they love.