The kids on a break from school, the sunny skies, the warm weather… It is no surprise that summer is everyone’s favorite season. Many wait all year long just for this time to travel and go on a retreat with their family and friends. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, many have had to cancel or postpone their summertime plans, including seniors. Despite this, there are still plenty of fun things to do this summer.
There is no better summertime activity than a picnic! Anyone can have a picnic, all that is needed is some snacks, a blanket, and a backyard or an indoor area. Just remember to follow the CDC guidelines and have no more than 10 people in your picnic outing. Furthermore, to ensure a safe environment, make sure that the guests haven’t previously been around the infected and maintain a distance of 6 ft during the event. It is also a good idea to require face masks to be worn and provide them to the guests. Seniors and their families can even try going online for tasty snack recipes and work together in making it.
Another fun activity for seniors is going for a walk. There is just something very relaxing about strolling through the neighborhood during the afternoon, with the sun slowly setting in the distance. This activity can be done with a caregiver, or with family and friends. Face masks should, of course, be worn at all times. Going for a walk is very significant because it allows the senior to get some sunlight and fresh air while promoting blood flow and relaxation. Further, a walk around the neighborhood is a great way to get out of the house and to get moving!
Outdoor Movie Night
Due to the pandemic, theaters have been shut down and many have been denied from enjoying their favorite summer activity. This, however, is no problem for the creative. Who needs the movie theaters when we can have an outdoor movie night instead? Having an outdoor movie night is an amazing idea for those who love going to the theater and catching the latest flick. All that is needed for this summer activity is a device that can play a movie, and a comfy area outside in which to sit. Feel free to include snacks such as popcorn to get that movie theater experience. One benefit of an outdoor movie night is that you can watch a movie while having a sky full of stars right above you.
Speaking of stars, another great summer activity for seniors is stargazing. One can purchase a fancy telescope to closely examine the stars, or simply stargaze with the naked eye. One benefit of this activity is that it can be done from the comfort of one’s home, provided that there is not too much city light and the stars in the sky are visible. Grandchildren can also enjoy this activity by viewing the planets with the telescope and having their grandparents help them in identifying and naming each one.