It’s as easy as a summer breeze to come up with enjoyable summer activities for elderly family members and friends. Warm days and balmy nights lend themselves to lots of ways to have fun in the sun without breaking the bank. Enjoyable summer activities for seniors don’t have to be complicated or costly.
Don’t you love waking up on a sunny summer morning? The bright sunshine beaming through the window makes us feel good about starting the day. Why not enjoy having coffee on the patio while listening to the sweet melodies of the songbirds? Maybe the front porch swing is calling you and a friend or neighbor to chat for a while as you admire your blooming rose bushes. An early morning walk around the neighborhood is a great way to get some exercise and to enjoy the sounds, smells and delights of the summer season.
Let’s look at some other summer activities for seniors that you may not have thought about.
Most public libraries offer a summer reading program for kids and they always need volunteers to read stories or to interact with the children who come to the program. What a great way to have fun with the little ones and to give a little something to your community. The smiling faces you see as you help them develop a love of reading will be a rich reward for your time.
Take a Hike:
Many community centers and parks have summer activities for elderly residents of the community. Contact your local park services to find out if they have walking trails that are senior friendly. Grab a friend and a bottle of water, put on your walking shoes, and get some outdoor exercise!
Just Keep Swimming:
If you have a very young family member or friend, you must have heard that little saying from the Finding Nemo movies. Swimming is one of the all-time favorite summer activities. Spend the day at the beach if you’re lucky enough to live near one. If not, the park services in your town can probably point you in the direction of a nice public swimming pool. The YMCA usually has one, and they offer water aerobics, senior lap swimming and other activities especially for seniors. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Take in a Movie:
On an exceptionally hot or rainy day you can take advantage of the senior discount at the local movie theater. Who doesn’t like to snuggle into one of those cozy new movie theater seats with a box of popcorn and your favorite soft drink? Most theaters offer afternoon matinees that are usually not crowded and are great for seniors who don’t drive after dark. The air conditioner in most theaters is usually going full blast, so take your sweater. It’s always nice to escape into another world for a couple of hours at the movie theater. Some communities offer a “movies in the park” series. A warm summer night is a great time to take your lawn chair to the park to enjoy this outdoor movie experience.
Speaking of Parks, How about a Concert?
Check with local parks and community centers to see if they offer a summer concert series. Music can lift your spirits and make you want to sing along, or even have yourself a dance under a moonlit sky!
Dine on the Patio:
Check with your local restaurants to see which ones offer patio dining. Enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner with a friend or family member in the shade of a colorful market umbrella. Eating outdoors is relaxing and offers an opportunity for quiet conversation and stress-free eating.
Whatever your preferences are for enjoying the leisurely days of summer, there is something for everyone. These suggestions for summer activities for seniors are just a few of the many opportunities available to you. The long days give you plenty of time to get out and enjoy yourself and to remain active without having to worry about snow, ice or chilly weather. Don’t let these glorious days slip away without enjoying a little piece of summer fun every day!