Spring is one of the best times of the year for elders to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Below is a list of outdoor spring activities for seniors that are exciting and will keep them physically active while living in a retirement community.
Bird Watching and Feeding
Different species of birds can be found all over the world and interacting with them provides several benefits. In fact, research from 2017 found that individuals that watch birds and feed them described having lower depression and anxiety when compared to those that don’t. Another advantage of this activity is that it can be enjoyed from the patio or deck where you’d set up the feeder and won’t have to go far to enjoy it.
Dedicating your time and energy to volunteer for various community projects will provide many advantages. For instance, it allows you to socialize with others, gain access to sunlight and fresh air, and spend time walking and moving which your body needs. You can also assist and improve your local community in numerous ways. However, because some activities can be labor-intensive, volunteering is best done by active retirees that are in a good state of health.
This is a classic activity that every elder should consider. Growing your own garden gives you the opportunity to form a connection with nature and it doesn’t require you to travel very far. It can be done by introverts who prefer to be alone and being around the plants will alleviate your stress levels while allowing you to harvest produce that you can use as ingredients for cooking.
Retirees that are interested in astronomy or celestial bodies will definitely want to take advantage of spring to enjoy stargazing. The skies tend to clear up during spring and depending on where you live the nights will become warmer. While stargazing can be done with the naked eye for best results you definitely want to invest in a good telescope. Aside from stars and planets, you’ll also be able to spot meteor showers and various astrological occurrences.
Sometimes the simplest activities are actually the best. Walking is an activity that allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds while having an opportunity to clear your head and acquire fresh air. Additionally, your heart and cardiovascular system will thank you as it will enhance blood circulation throughout the body. Those that are bedridden can be pushed around in wheelchairs or electronic carts, but they will need to use surfaces that are paved with trails and paths that are wheelchair accessible.
Having a picnic outdoors is another classic, and one of the best activities to enjoy with a significant other. If you want you can also bring along grandchildren or friends. This activity provides an opportunity to get some fresh air, socialize, connect with nature and enjoy great tasting home cooked meals while doing it. Idyllic spots for picnics include parks, beaches or anywhere close to water such as rivers or lakes.