Ideas to Enjoy the Warmth While it Lasts from an Evans Senior Center
Help your loved one make the most of the warm weather before it’s gone!
Fall is officially here and winter is right around the corner, meaning that cooler weather is on the way! With the temperature dropping, outdoor activities, especially for seniors, will become much more limited. Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to get outside with your loved one to help them enjoy and soak up the last of the warmth. Here are some ideas from Marshall Pines, a top assisted living community in Evans, Georgia, to make the most of the weather while it lasts:
Have a Conversation Over Tea
Enjoying the last of the warmth could be as simple as inviting your loved one outside to enjoy a friendly conversation over a cup of tea, or their beverage of choice! This can be relaxing for them, as it is a low-stress, low-commitment activity and will help them feel a sense of belonging. Not only is this a great way to enjoy the weather, but socialization is great for preventing feelings of isolation that come with age. You could try to turn this into a recurring event, and move it inside for the cooler weather by changing it up to hot cocoa!
Birdwatching is a relaxing and fun way to enjoy the warmth, whether your loved one is an avid birdwatcher or a newbie. If your loved one is not only interested in looking at the birds, but also identifying them, there are many books that you can purchase that tell you about the different species. If you decide to birdwatch, try to see if you can find Georgia’s state bird, the Brown Thrasher! Its head, body and tail are a brownish-rust color. Its belly is white with black, water drop-shaped marks. It also has long legs, yellow eyes, and a long, straight beak.
Go For a Stroll
If your loved one is capable of walking, or has sufficient mobility assistance like a wheelchair, take them for a stroll! Getting some fresh air and a change of scenery can make your day so much better. Consider visiting local parks and gardens, or just venture through your neighborhood.
If your loved one is a sucker for games, consider taking your next competition outside. There are plenty of games that can easily be played outside, such as Scrabble, checkers, bingo, cards, mancala and more. That’s one of the great things about board and card games–you can take them anywhere! This is another activity that can be moved inside as well once it gets cooler out, so you can make it a recurring activity.
Have a Cookout or Picnic
Cookouts and picnics are two great options for getting outside–yummy food and fresh air is an unmatched combination! Having a picnic could be as simple as sitting outside of your loved one’s home or going to a local park. You could even have them help you prepare the food. If you think a cookout is the way to go, consider inviting friends and family over to enjoy it too!
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the warmth with your loved one is by moving indoor activities outside. This could be reading, eating, crafting, playing games, conversing–you name it. We hope that these activities inspire you to help your loved one make the most of the warmth while it lasts.
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