Now that the weather is starting to warm up in most of the United States, everyone (seniors included!) is making the most of the sunshine and getting outside! Lucky for West Columbia seniors, Colonial Gardens has intentionally created a safe and welcoming outdoor environment for residents that includes plenty of walking trails, picnic tables, and more to invite your loved one to enjoy the outdoors. Here are our top ten favorite outdoor activities that you should add to your summer bucket list.
Birdwatching is a relaxing and educational activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. With many birdwatching books available both in bookstores and online, this can be a great way to encourage indoor-outdoor living for you and your loved ones.
Gardening is one of our favorite outdoor activities because not only does it allow for seniors to get some vitamin D from being in the sun, it also encourages independence and pride over their work. There is nothing quite as rewarding and growing and harvesting your own food, herbs, or flowers!
Seniors with memory challenges can often forget that they should be hydrating regularly, so encourage them to do so with some fun popsicle making! Have a variety of flavors available, so everyone can choose their favorite. Then, watch how much they drink so you monitor their hydration levels!
Colonial Gardens has plenty of walking paths available around the property that are perfect for enjoying nature. Grab a buddy so you can enjoy the walk safely, put on your walking shoes, and don’t forget your sunscreen!
If your loved one is not quite able to garden for themselves, do not worry! There are tons of farmer’s markets available that allow “Pick your own” services. This is a great alternative to growing your own food but still has the same prideful benefits.
There is something special about enjoying a meal outside. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite fruits, vegetables, drinks, and some sandwiches, and choose a beautiful spot to enjoy the weather. Spending time together in the great outdoors is always better with a snack!
If you are new to the area (or even if you are not!), there are plenty of great tourist attractions in West Columbia that you should go see. One of our favorites is the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens! This is a great way to spark some interest in wildlife and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Consider adding a fishing trip to your summer bucket list! This can include fishing in a lake or pond, or and the style of fishing can be easily modified depending on your loved one’s ability. Spending some time enjoying the peace and quiet near the water is good for the soul. And because the best fishing occurs in the morning, you can get outside before the weather gets too hot to handle.
Have an artist on your hands? The great outdoors is full of inspiration and imagination. Practicing using those talents is a great way to promote brain health and encourage play. Head to a picturesque part of our property (there are tons!) and enjoy some peaceful time together.
There is no need to stay inside all day while playing board and card games; play the same games outdoors! Checkers, puzzles, UNO, and more are great games that are easy to learn and provide brain stimulation for seniors. These games also encourage socialization in small groups, which is essential for the emotional support of our residents.
As you can see, there are tons of great outdoor activities that you can schedule with your loved ones! You may even choose to combine two or several of these suggestions to create your own full day of fun in the sun. Remember to dress appropriately, drink plenty of water and use sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors. Colonial Gardens cannot wait to enjoy the warm weather with you!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Colonial Gardens, contact our friendly team today.