It’s finally spring. The cold has receded, the plants and flowers are coming back to life, and everyone feels that itch to get outside of the house. After a long winter of being cooped up, your elderly loved one probably wants to get out just as badly as you do. But what to do? Read our list of ideas for some springtime activity inspiration:
- Go birdwatching. Local parks often offer guided birdwatching with a bird expert. Bring along your binoculars and get ready to discover nature in a whole new way.
- Go fishing. Fishing is fun for all ages. If your loved one is fairly mobile, you can rent out a boat for a few hours. If your loved one is less mobile, or confined to a wheelchair, you can still enjoy fishing from the dock (just make sure it’s wheelchair-accessible). Bring some sandwiches and cool drinks, and enjoy the peace and calm.
- Take a shopping trip. Springtime rain keeping you indoors? Travel to the local mall and walk the halls for some exercise. Your loved one will enjoy the quality time with you, as well as the chance to get a little shopping done.
- Garden. Take your loved one to help out at the local community garden, or start one right in your own backyard. Get your hands dirty and plant some flower beds, or a few vegetables to enjoy throughout the summer. Weed, water and watch them grow!
- Take in a concert. Many communities offer concert series during the spring and summer. Pick up a group of your loved one’s friends and take them out for a night of music they’ll never forget. Concerts can be both indoors and outdoors, so make sure you bring along seating if necessary.
- Visit the zoo. Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! The zoo is a fun experience for anyone. If your loved one has grandchildren, bring them along so that they can all marvel at the animals together.
- Take a class. Has your loved one talked about wanting to learn yoga, photography or knitting? Community centers often offer classes on all topics geared to seniors. Treat your loved one to a fun new experience that you can enjoy together.
- Go to a museum. Take your loved one to the local museum. Choose between natural history museum, photography, or art to find something that interests your loved one, or that he or she would like to learn a little more about. When you’ve taken in the exhibits, get a coffee in the museum cafe and discuss your favorites.
- Visit a furry friend. Does your loved one mention an old Fido or Fluffy that he or she misses? Take him or her to volunteer at the local Humane Society to pet and play with the animals, and help your community while doing it.
Do you have any great ideas for springtime field trips and activities for seniors? Share them in the comments so all can be inspired!