Although of course children certainly eagerly anticipate summer break and all of the fun it entails, summer doesn’t need to lose its excitement as we age! At Compassionate Nursing Services, providers of the high quality home health care St. Louis seniors need, we love helping older adults enjoy life to the fullest, and have collected the list below of some of the top activities for seniors that are sure to result in fond memories for the entire family!
- The Great Outdoors: Nothing says “summer” like the natural beauty revealed at every turn this time of year. Keep in mind the need to protect against heat-related issues by getting out early or later in the day when the sun isn’t as strong, keeping plenty of water on hand, and making certain the senior stays cool and comfortable in the shade. Then head out as a family to do some fishing, plant flowers or vegetables, take a dip in the pool, or even just unwind with a good book and some fresh summer fruit. Include the younger ones with some good old-fashioned fun: fly a kite, have a watermelon seed spitting contest, catch lightning bugs in a jar. Encourage the older adult to reminisce about what he/she enjoyed the most about summer as a child, and recreate some of those experiences for the next generation!
- Play It Cool: Arrange some fun indoor outings for days when the temperatures soar. Indoor play centers are great fun, not only for children but for older individuals to take pleasure in seeing the young ones at play and participating in conversations with friends and family. The whole family can also have fun taking in a play, visiting the library or a museum, or even just window shopping at the mall and sharing a meal together.
- Make a Difference: Perhaps nothing enhances a senior’s sense of purpose and self-worth more than volunteering for a cause that’s close to his or her heart. Make a decision together as a family on a charitable benefactor – the neighborhood pet shelter, library, veterans’ center, nursing home – the sky’s the limit. Then see how you can make a difference in the lives of those in your community.
For additional summertime activities for seniors, contact the home care professionals at Compassionate Nursing Services. Our friendly and fully trained caregivers are here to ensure that older adults are able to remain actively engaged in the world around them, and to live life to the fullest. Providing the home health care St. Louis families trust, Compassionate Nursing Services is here for you and your senior loved ones. Contact us any time at 314-432-4312and let us know how we can help.