No matter your age, getting outside to enjoy the warm air during the springtime always feels wonderful. After a long, gloomy and chilly winter, everyone looks forward to getting some much-needed vitamin D!
For seniors, spring offers the perfect opportunity to reengage in life and activities with others. And, seniors who stay involved socially enjoy a variety of health benefits, including reducing their risk for some diseases, less depression, a strengthened immune system and better cardiovascular health. Plus, by staying socially active you could even extend your life! Studies show that social connectedness is key in living a longer, healthier life.
Fun Senior Activities to Enjoy during Springtime
Celebrate the spring season with your friends and family members by taking part in any of these great social activities for seniors:
Go for a Sunday drive. The lovely spring weather offers a perfect reason to hop in the car with some loved ones and go for a nice drive out in the country. Take in all the budding trees and blooming flowers while you’re out; you can even consider stopping somewhere for a quick picnic.
Enjoy a meal out on a patio. Springtime means it’s patio season! Gather a few friends or family members and head to a local restaurant to dine al fresco.
Plant some flowers. One of the best spring activities is gardening, and gardening with a group is even better! You can join a gardening club this spring, or even reach out to family to have them help you plant flowers in your yard. Don’t have a yard? Have the grandkids help you plant some pretty pots or flower boxes.
Clean out the closets. Ask a few loved ones to come over and help you clean out your closets. Chances are you’re storing some items you haven’t worn or used in several years! You can let family choose pieces they may want for themselves, or have them help box up items to bring to a donation center.
Go for a walk in the park. Walking has been long known as one of the most beneficial exercises for seniors, as it can improve heart health, reduce chronic pain, lower blood sugar and even boost mental health. Plus, walking is an easy social activity for seniors, as you can meet up with others in a walking group or make new friends while you’re out. If you don’t have a park nearby, even just getting outside to walk around the block is a great spring activity.
Visit the zoo. Spring is the time when many animals give birth, and who doesn’t love seeing baby animals? Take the grandkids with you, too! Seeing their reactions to seeing animals they’ve never seen before is priceless, and you’ll also get some great exercise walking around the exhibits.
Try some healthy new recipes. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your eating habits! Choose some lighter meals from a recipe book or cooking show and invite friends or family over for dinner. Seniors who eat together tend to eat better, too.