Summer is the perfect time for seniors to get out and enjoy the warm weather that rolls their way. Relaxing summer breezes, enjoyable cool evenings and a host of outdoor activities await during the upcoming holidays. The type of activities that you can have fun with along with your elderly parents will depend on their physical health. Here are a few summer fun activities you and your elderly parents will enjoy together during holidays and special community events.
Summer concerts are everywhere as people don’t even need an excuse to have a holiday to host them. From festivals to Memorial Day weekends, there will be a ton of activities that seniors will enjoy such as rides, games, and contests to win prizes. County fairs and food fests allow the entire family to engage in carnival games and food competitions.
The Fourth Fireworks
The Fourth of July will call all people outdoors to cook wonderful barbecue meals as they stay up late to watch the fireworks. While there will be tons of entertainment around town, perhaps the best thing to do with the elderly parents is to invite them over to the backyard instead of fighting with the crowds. You can play games such as horseshoes, bocce ball, pickup softball games, frisbee tosses and shuffleboard. Then set up the lawn chairs and look up at the sky as it brightens up in many colors to celebrate our country’s independence.
You don’t have to have a holiday to go on a picnic. For elderly parents who can’t engage in strenuous activity, there are tons of things to do at your local state park or outdoor recreational area. Fly kites, go on gentle walks, and play card games on the picnic basket as they can still stay mentally active. Combining both mental and physical activities will help your elderly parent’s overall health.
For some seniors, nothing in life holds them back. They will tackle any challenge with an eager gleam in their eyes. For active elderly parents who want to dominate their outdoor fun, summer offers a release of the pent-up energy. Golf courses are open for the entire family as you can play a few holes while getting exercise when taking part in walking golf. Hiking, walking, bike riding and mountain climbing will allow you and your parents to get in touch with nature as you take part in wildlife viewing and bird watching. Camping and RV trips are other popular activities for seniors as they can visit different sights and go on a photo binge to create wonderful memories.
While we would love to have the comfortable temperatures and sunny days all throughout the summer, Mother Nature is a temperamental mistress. When the heat rises, it’s time to cool off as you and your parents can spend some fun splashing in the pool and rolling down the waterslides at your favorite amusement park. If it is just too hot to be outside, or the rain ruins the fun, then head indoors as indoor pools all across the city will open and have numerous activities for seniors such as water aerobic exercises.
Dance Away The Evenings
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean that the summer fun has to end. Evenings are the perfect time to don on the fancy clothes and take to the dance floor. There are many dance classes that you and your elderly parents can take to strut your stuff to the music. Learn some new dance moves or hone your existing skills to have fun or to even compete in dancing competitions.