Added on March 30, 2018 by Lucy_Wyndham
Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to enjoy the mild weather and revel in the beauty of nature. Anyone who wants to improve their health and shake off the winter doldrums should take advantage of the mild weather as the Harvard Health Letter reports that being outdoors allows you to get more exercise, improve focus and concentration, and it can even help to boost happiness. Even seniors who need help with ambulation can benefit from the sunshine and fresh air as being outdoors can improve an elderly person's physical and mental health in different ways.
If you have an aging parent or relative with limited mobility, don't fret. There are lots of ways that your loved one can enjoy the great outdoors while staying safe and comfortable. Here's how you can help your senior loved one make the most of springtime.
Your elderly parent, relative or friend may not be able to go on a hike in the woods, but there's no reason why he or she can't enjoy a picnic in the park. A picnic in the park is an enjoyable outdoor activity for the mobility challenged as it enables people to enjoy nature close to home. Moreover, as most people tend to lose their appetite as they age, a change of surroundings may encourage your parent or relative to eat healthfully again. Pack a picnic basket with your loved one's favorite foods and include a few new treats for variety. Don't forget the picnic blanket and an umbrella in case the weather turns.
Is there a place near your area where you can fish? Then take your senior loved one fishing. The whole process—casting, waiting, and reeling in the fresh catch of the day—can be incredibly soothing for seniors, and the tranquil setting encourages bonding and conversation. Feasting on freshly caught fish is also a way to ensure that your parent or relative gets enough protein in their diet which is essential for overall health.
The sight of lush greenery and colorful blooms can be an effective mood booster for seniors. If there's a botanical or public garden nearby, then a visit can certainly help older adults with mobility issues make the most of the season's gorgeous weather. Before you go, make sure to do some research on whether the public garden is accessible for wheelchair users and for people who use other mobility aids.
Heading outdoors and enjoying nature's wonders can help seniors with mobility issues become healthier and happier over time. Try any or all of these activities and see which one your loved one likes best. Don't forget to bring water and protective clothing for your parent or relative every time you head outdoors and make sure to enjoy spending time with your loved one as both of you make the most of springtime.
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