Cool Off with these Fun Activity Ideas for Seniors
High temperatures can make it hard to stay active. As the summer days get hotter, finding activities for your loved ones can be challenging. Here for a few activity ideas for seniors that can help them stay active despite the heat:
- Senior Centers – Senior Centers are not what they used to be. Today’s senior centers are vibrant, action-packed, and filled with activities and programs. They don’t just offer card games, they offer everything from trips to special events, arts and crafts, music and dance, learning opportunities, and fitness and health programs. Check out this link for Scottsdale Senior Centers calendar of events and help a senior loved one get involved!
- Hospitals/Medical Facilities: Many medical facilities now offer classes and events for seniors to participate. Classes and events range anywhere from yoga, Pilates, health and healing classes, art events and classes, support groups and more. Check out the links provided below for a calendar of events and classes within our local community!
- Malls: Malls are for more than shopping. Many malls provide a “walking mall time” throughout the week for seniors to participate. Walking in a mall is beneficial for seniors. It establishes social circles wherein friends hold each other accountable for staying active. Walking can also be therapeutic for anyone with depression and anxiety.
- Swimming and water aerobics: this type of exercise lets participants stay cool while getting exercise that’s easy on the joints (just be sure to wear sunscreen!).
- Yoga: benefits of yoga include increased muscle tone, balance, strength, improved mood, stress relief, and even improved sleep. Keep in mind, these benefits will not come overnight or after a single yoga class.
- Arts & Crafts: when the summer heat requires staying inside, arts and crafts can be a fun activity. Participants can explore their creative side, learn new skills, stay mentally challenged, and even make gifts for family and friends. Scrapbooking, sewing, painting, knitting, and woodworking are all activities that keep seniors busy and express their creativity.
- Outings: plan outings to indoor locations such as bookstores, theaters, local museums, restaurants, craft stores and other air conditioned locations. Some suggestions in the area include Butterfly Wonderland, the Musical Instrument Museum, and the OdySea Aquarium (opening late summer 2016).
- Join a local gym: lots of activities which should start with a simple routine that the gym staff can help you develop. Just remember to keep it interesting by trying new activities. Make sure you discuss with your physician before starting!
- Cooking classes: cooking classes can be very fun and therapeutic. Cooking classes allow participants to learn new skills and explore new cuisines.
Keep in mind that going outdoors for very short periods of time during the cooler portions of the day can be beneficial. Sunlight generates vitamin D which is necessary for normal brain, bone and muscle function. With these activity ideas for seniors you are bound to find something to beat the heat this summer!