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11 Fun and Safe Summer Activities for Older Adults

In the summer, many older adults find it more challenging to stay active. Extreme heat and intense rays from the sun can make it uncomfortable and even dangerous to spend time outdoors. However, older adults can still keep their mind and body active with any appropriate activity, even during the summer. Summer is a time for memories, family gatherings, and outdoor fun. It is also a time for reflection on the past year of life that has passed by. So to stay healthy mentally and physically this summer, older people can take up new activities or return to old ones that they haven't done in a while. There are plenty of things that older people can do during the summer break.

Older adults with limited mobility or without children often feel lonely during the summer months when isolated at home. So we have gathered a list of eleven safe and fun activities older adults can enjoy during the summertime.

Top 11 Summer Activities for Older Adults!

  1. Painting

    older woman sitting on the floor paintingPainting is an excellent summer activity for older adults who might feel isolated during these months when many outdoor activities are unavailable or inaccessible. It can also be an activity on which you can work with your spouse or partner to create something together. Have fun creating something that will last for years after the summer ends.

    Painting is a great activity to help older adults stay active and social. They can paint whatever inspires them, whether it's landscapes, portraits, or abstracts. Painting is also a good way for people to express themselves creatively.
  2. Cooking

    pexels-mikhail-nilov-8317883 (1)In the summer, people like to spend their time outside by going on walks, playing ball games, or swimming. But what about those who are not feeling as agile? Well, a summer activity that's easy for them to do is cooking at home or in the park. 

    Older adults are increasingly being drawn to the idea of cooking as a summer activity. While some may not have the time or energy to prepare and cook a traditional meal, they can enjoy healthy dishes that are easy to prepare. Older adults should try new cooking recipes this summer. Doing so can improve their health while spending time with loved ones outdoors!

    When we look at the benefits of cooking for older adults, it becomes clear that this is an activity that more people should try out. It could even help with improving memory and cognitive functioning in those who are taking part in it.
  3. Swimming

    older woman swimming laps in poolSwimming is a great summer activity for older adults because it helps to build strength and muscle mass and encourages cardiovascular fitness. Swimming as a summer activity can help you stay active and prevent issues that could lead to falls or other injuries caused by lack of balance in older adults. It can also improve coordination and balance, which can help you avoid unnecessary injury. Click here to learn more about the benefits of swimming
  4. Playing Games

    older couple playing videogames together indoorsPlaying video games has a wide range of benefits for older adults, including improved cognitive function and brain stimulation. First, however, we must remember that older adults shouldn't play too many hours a day because they might not be able to sleep well afterward.

    Playing video games is often thought of as an activity reserved for the younger generation. However, as our society continues to age, more people are turning their attention to playing video games as a way to stay mentally active throughout the day. But just because it's for older adults doesn't mean that it can't be fun. Playing games can be a great summer activity for older adults.

    Visit our Games page to find a game you like to play today! 
  5. Volunteering

    Volunteering is an ideal summer activity that can help older adults maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. It can also help them connect with others, improve physical and mental wellness, and find meaning in their lives. The number of older adults volunteering has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. This is due to various factors such as improved health care access, increased awareness about the benefits of active aging, and increased retirement age.

    Click here to learn more about great volunteer opportunities for retirees
  6. Walking

    older couple walking outside with polesWalking is an easy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It's also a great way to get outdoors and explore the world around you. Walking is one of the most accessible exercise routines for older adults with mobility issues or arthritis. It's also easy for caregivers to organize and escort their loved ones on walks as they move around the neighborhood or community paths. This makes walking a perfect summer activity for older adults.
  7. Golfing

    senior man golfing chipping off the greenGolf has always been a sport that older adults enjoy. It has also been a way for older adults to keep their minds sharp and social. More senior golfers can play the game by enjoying the beauty of nature, playing with friends, and enjoying it as an activity that keeps them in shape.

    Many organizations have made golf part of their practices for older adults who want to participate in an outdoor sport. In addition, many of these organizations provide opportunities to play golf with other members of the community and enjoy it as a way to remain active and connected with others.
  8. Reading

    Reading as a summer activity for older adults offers opportunities for reflection on life, identity, and aging. It offers an escape from the busyness of daily life and provides a chance to refresh both mind and body. In addition, summertime is often associated with relaxation, so retreats with books are a great way to slow down without having to hibernate for winter.

    As an older adult, you can read many different types of books this summer. Short stories, science fiction, or mysteries are a few suggestions that come to mind.

    Click here to read our post about why you should read more in retirement!
  9. Bird Watching

    binoculars and bird identification bookBird watching is a great summer activity for older adults. It allows them to see wildlife up close and can be a fun way to explore nature. In addition, it lets them study bird populations in various environments and learn about new birds and how they adapt or evolve. Older adults should consider bird-watching as a summer activity because it is enjoyable, educational, and healthy. Since you'll be looking up into the trees, remember to bring a good pair of sunglasses
  10. Gardening

    Gardening has become a popular summer activity for older adults. Many find it therapeutic and relaxing, which are a few of the benefits of gardening. You also benefit from fresh vegetables to include in your next recipes! However, they may find themselves struggling to keep up with the gardening process if they have limited mobility and strength.
  11. Visiting the Museum

    Museums can offer many educational benefits to older adults. They can provide information and education that enhance the mental health of older adults. Older adults have an increased risk for dementia, which makes it important for them to engage in activities that improve their physical and mental health. Visiting museums are a great way to keep the mind active and engaged with learning about different cultures, science, and history.

    There are many museums geared specifically towards older adults as well. They may offer a variety of programs for seniors, such as lectures and workshops that can help keep the body and mind healthy and fit while exploring the history of your own culture.

So, let us know in the comments below - What is your favorite summer day activity? 

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