Outdoor Activities for Senior Citizens

Posted on September 12, 2022 by shieldsandboris

When we remember the days of our youth, our memories often involve being outdoors on warm summer nights and other pleasant outdoor adventures.

This is part of why it is such a sad truth that many senior citizens often find themselves isolated in their homes.

There are common factors that lead to this occurrence:

  • Senior citizens' adult children are busy with their own lives and may not look in on their parents as much as they did formerly.
  • Senior citizens who have lost a spouse recently may find themselves in a situation in which they have severely decreased human contact.
  • They no longer feel comfortable driving or simply feel unsafe being among the public because they simply cannot take care of themselves as they did in younger years.

But it needn't be this way. There are plenty of activities that can benefit senior citizens' physical and mental health.

One of the prime benefits of being outside is to allow your body to absorb vitamin D, which can make you feel happier and sharper, along with strengthening your bones and muscles.

Watching a baseball game during the summer or a football game in the fall is a great way to get Vitamin D while simultaneously being around people in a positive social way. It's also a lot of fun.

Taking a walk, slow or brisk, allows you to exercise while soaking in nature.

Likewise, fishing is a proven way to reduce stress while improving your physical condition. Fishing is also a great intergenerational activity that seniors can share with their children or grandkids.

With a bit of research, planning and a willingness to try something new, senior citizens will find that engaging in outdoor activities on a regular basis enhances their lives in ways they had forgotten.

So, step outside and get some fresh air!

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