It’s spring time finally! Birds are chirping, flowers are starting to bloom and the longer days call for much needed fun even if we are still in a year-long pandemic. Vaccinations are also available to those interested which means older Americans can feel a little safer about venturing out.
While there are still precautions from the CDC, there are still many activities safe for seniors to participate in whether at home or in a safer and socially distance space. Perhaps one of the first things on one’s agenda is hugging a friend or the grandkids or maybe it’s picking up a new hobby or it could simply be catching up with a friend over coffee, in person. Whatever the case, check out some ideas and remember to still be safe and cautious during this time.
Let's Go Fishing!
Fishing is a wonderful outdoor activity for older people as it doesn’t require a lot of mobility and can be done with anyone. It doesn’t require too much gear and can be done anywhere from small ponds to huge lakes. It may require some extra care if someone is in a wheelchair but being in the outdoor air is good for the soul. Just remember to bring a sunhat and plenty of water and bask in this perfect socially distant activity.
Take a Swing!
Another sport that is perfect for beginners and experts alike is golf. Visit a driving range or the golf course depending on your mobility preference. Many golf places also have instructors on hand who know a thing or two about being patient. This is another outdoor activity and social distancing is easy because you’ll definitely want to be at least six feet away from the person with the club. This is also a perfect place for seniors and grandkids to hang out bridging their bond.
Make a Bird Feeder
Bird watching provides some sort of calm and this activity is great for nature. Grab a friend or family member and go shopping for supplies and then bring it all home to assemble. A bird book will also be a great read as you learn about the sweet tweets hanging out on the feeder. Even if you end up buying a bird feeder, the time together with a loved one is good for the soul.
Dress up your Door with a Wreath
Nothing says welcome like a spring wreath on the front door. This activity could take a while but is a great shopping activity plus bonding time as well. The creativity needed to make the wreath is also a brain booster. Look up some inspiration online or at a craft store and get fancy.
Invite the grandkids over and let them play in the yard while you enjoy safe and distant time apart. Or get together at a local park or rec center. Splurge an ice cream treat for the kiddos and catch up on the past year. As always, practice safe guidelines per the CDC.