7 fun summer activities for elderly
by Katie Callahan
Summer is a great time for family-friendly and elderly-friendly activities. It's a time for spending time together and it doesn't have to break the bank! Here are some summer activities that are sure to be exciting for everyone (and not too draining). Most of these activities can be done in an air-conditioned room or are shorter-term commitments.
1. Go to a show.
Sometimes it's nice to take your loved ones out to a play, something out of the ordinary where you can dress up and make a night of it. With the night summer temperatures being pretty mild, it's nice to stay inside for an evening and enjoy something a little different. Prepare ahead of time by looking at your local playhouses for performances and shows.
2. Do something creative together.
It can be as simple as putting together scrapbooks or organizing family photos together as Easy Living mentions, or listening to audiobooks, CDs or live music. Learning something together can be fun! Take an art or painting class on weeknights or weekends. Try to learn a new language.
3. Stay active!
Gardening or fishing are typical outdoor events that can be thrilling. SageMinder.com recommends the Wii for low-impact opportunities to stay fit with the entire family, including your older loved ones. Going for walks or swimming can also be a relaxing and low-impact exercise option.
4. Check for local activities to engage in.
Sometimes outdoor community events like local outdoor concerts, free movie viewings, festivals, free classes, farmer's markets and sporting events, can be a great way to spend time together. The best place to look for these events is in your local newspaper or online with your community services district or city.
5. Host a game night.
Beyond the typical Bingo or Bridge, Senior's Love to Know recommends Life, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Operation, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or Monopoly. Games can be a low-key way to engage in some family time, while remaining comfortable in the home.
6. Make a meal together.
The options here are endless. Some meal preparation services give you everything you need to create a meal (they send the ingredients and you just have to cook it). These include Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, among others. If you and your loved ones are feeling especially creative, you can make your own food, including dried fruits (in a food dehydrator), s'mores, ice cream, oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies. Elder One Stop provides some other dinner and dessert ideas, included chocolate-covered strawberries.
7. Join a book club.
Swing by your local library and find a good book or a club where you can meet and discuss the latest bestseller while making new friends (in an air-conditioned space, no less).
Whether you want to have an evening out or an evening in, planning for your family and your loved ones can be easy with so many summer activities to choose from! Now it's up to you to schedule it and keep everyone in the loop! Good luck and stay cool.