Now that Storm Emma is well and truly behind us and we are in to mid March, it’s time to start embracing spring! There are lots of fun spring time activities for older people: here’s a list of seven to get you started:
- Go for a walk
- Do some gardening
- Have a picnic
- Watch the wildlife
- Afternoon tea outdoors
- Exercise in nature
- Visit old haunts
The simplest way to enjoy the spring sunshine is to get out and take a walk. Even just walking down your road is good exercise and helps your mental health. If there is a park nearby, even better. And, with the worst of the weather now passed, walking poses far fewer risks for older people than is the case in the winter
Spring is the time of year when everything’s bursting into bloom. Gardening can be a safe and worthwhile form of exercise for older people. Whether it’s planting new seeds, separating bulbs, dead-heading flowers or visiting the local garden centre, some gardening could be the boost you both need.
A picnic is a real treat for anyone, combining light exercise with social interaction. You can keep things local, or load up the hamper and make a day trip of it with a family member or friend. Conjure memories of old times by visiting a favourite spot.
Nature comes out of hiding in spring time. It can be enjoyable to observe animals out in a natural spot, in nearby parks or fields – even in your own garden. Just put out some bird-feeders and wait to see what lands.
With temperatures increasing and the sun shining, a warm spring day can be perfect for afternoon tea in the garden. So, set a date, invite over friends and family, and enjoy a good catch up.
Exercising outdoors is great for your mental health and provides a change of scenery. As well as walking, there are lots other great options to choose from. Golf and outdoor bowls are both low-impact sports with a real social aspect. Tai chi is another option that can also improve suppleness and dexterity in older people.
The weather can keep older people cooped up throughout much of winter.
During these months, you might well have had time to reflect on times past. Spring brings a chance to get out and explore places you used to frequent. This can elicit happy memories and even provides an opportunity to meet up with old friends.