Summer is nearing its end, so it is time that you enjoy the outdoors before it is too late. You may be thinking that because you are a senior citizen that you can't enjoy the outdoors, but this is not true. There are plenty of things that you can do outside that won't put you in danger. Plus, just because you are older than most doesn't mean that you can't get around. In fact, getting outside in the sunlight is actually good for you. The sun is a good source of vitamin D, which can aid in the absorption of calcium and strengthen your immune system. Plus, being outside can help improve your mood and provide you the opportunity to remain physically and socially active, which is always good for healthy aging. Here are some activities you can enjoy (alone or with someone special):
- Head Out to the Ballgame – It doesn't matter whether it is a professional minor league or major league baseball game or it is one of your grandchildren's t-ball, softball, baseball or even soccer games, a ballgame may be just what you need when you get out of the house.
- Watch the Sunrise/Sunset – The summertime is one of the best times of the year to catch the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The colors are marvelous. You can choose to wake up early with a cup of coffee and enjoy the cool breeze of the morning air, or you can wait until the evening with your favorite book or magazine.
- Go on a Picnic – Picnics can always be fun, so grab your picnic basket or a cool and fill it up with some of your favorite (and healthy) snacks, then grab a blanket and go to your local park. Find a shade tree and lay out your blanket. You can have a picnic alone, with some family members or friends. It can be extremely relaxing to watch kids play in the park and enjoy the light breeze of the summer air.
- Head to the Pool – Summertime is all about swimming pools because heading to the pool is one of the best ways to cool down during the summer months. Most local YMCAs and community pools offer swim times designated specifically for seniors as well as water aerobics for seniors, which can be particularly helpful if you have been experiencing some joint pain due to your arthritis.
Just remember: before you head outside, remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and dress appropriately. When the time comes and you can't enjoy the aforementioned activities on your own and you need to consider at-home care, such as Queen City Home Care, or you move on to an assisted living facility, many of these summer activities can still be enjoyed.