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Outdoor activities for the elderly

Enjoying the outdoors during the spring and summer months is important for people of all ages. Although elders may have limited mobility, it is important that those receiving senior care get outside for the mood-boosting effects that go along with it. Studies also show that getting outside can prevent sleep disorders and chronic pain, according to Agingcare.com.

For those interested in outdoor activities, there are plenty of ways to stimulate the mind and body, depending on the amount of mobility that the elder in care may have. Take a look at some of the ways to get some fresh air without worrying about range of motion:

Gardening
Gardening is a very low-impact way to get outside. Although the first stages of gardening may be strenuous, tending to an in-bloom garden can be soothing and peaceful. Those who have senior care can enlist the help of someone for the tough parts of gardening, and then enjoy the new plants all season long.

Craft shows and markets
Head out to a local craft show or farmers market for sightseeing. This can spark conversation between vendors and seniors, as well as inspire new hobbies and activities.

Sitting near a window or on a porch
Spending time near an open window or reading a book on a private deck are other ways to enjoy the outdoors without having to travel far. For those who enjoy the comfort of their own home, this is a great alternative.

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