Spring has sprung – 5 spring activities that seniors love

3/31/2014

It seems like this winter will NEVER end. But fear not, spring weather is right around the corner. Longer, sunnier days filled with chirping birds, blooming flowers, and the joy watching creation burst back to life. After hunkering down all winter and enduring snow storm after snow storm, we’re all ready to be up and about. Our seniors are no different, and though mobility and strength may be limited, the desire is there. Nothing fights off the depression of a long winter like a list of fun, spring-time activities to look forward to. Here are 5 fun suggestions to get your senior motivated for spring!

1. Do some light spring cleaning – Cleaning? How can cleaning be fun? Not only will it freshen up the house, but it gives you an opportunity to make small talk while cleaning. Most items that our seniors own have a story – some from 50 or more years ago. Give your senior the opportunity to enjoy some memories. Ask questions. Show interest. The combination of enjoying memories of the past while experiencing a clean home and warmer, sunnier weather is sure to help your seniors emotional condition.

2. Dye Easter eggs – Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun activity in which anyone can participate. Help your senior by doing all of the leg work, setting them up to enjoy the activity. Encourage them to be creative, and ask questions about each designs. More often than not, there’s a reason for each design. The bright colors of each eggs can brighten anyone’s day. An added bonus – hide the eggs for the grandchildren to search for.

3. Gardening – The benefits here are plentiful – fresh air, sunshine, working to produce life, mental and physical stimulation, etc. If planting in the ground isn’t an option due to physical abilities or apartment living, try getting a few flower pots. Digging in the soil is good for the soul.

4. Go to the park – Our state is full of some beautiful public parks. Go for a walk and take in nature, or sit at a picnic table and people watch. Enjoy the sunshine and the conversation!

5. Visit a farmer’s market – Farmer’s markets are a fun way to spend a day. Browse the produce, flowers, and home-made items. Maybe buy some flowers for that freshly-cleaned house. Most of these are outdoors, so even if a wheelchair is needed, there should be plenty of room.

There you have it, 5 fantastic ways to spend some time with your senior this spring. This is a season for hope; let’s help our seniors share in that!

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