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Summer brings sunshine and fresh air, but for seniors who have mobility issues, the simple act of venturing outside can be difficult. Depending on the activity, going outdoors can help relieve boredom, increase vitamin D from sun exposure and boost physical exercise resulting in happiness and improved overall well-being.
Here are 3 outdoor summer activities in Dallas, TX! Try one with your loved one today!
Seniors who need to use canes, walkers or wheelchairs may feel frustrated or inconvenienced in crowded public places. Planting a garden in the privacy of his or her backyard is a simple way to get your loved one outdoors without the stress of venturing too far from home. Planting flowers, fruits or vegetables will also give him or her something to look forward to as he or she watches the seedlings grow.
Another convenient outdoor activity is to move a meal outside when it is cooler in the early morning or early evening. It could even be a picnic! This change of scenery will create an enjoyable and calming environment. Being outside in the fresh air is also said to increase concentration, making it an ideal place to read a book, which also promotes brain health.
During the summertime, there are plenty of free, outdoor concerts, plays and other events to attend. Look up your city’s calendar of local events and allow your loved one to pick the one that interests him or her the most. Arrive early to accommodate your loved one’s seating needs. If he or she is in a wheelchair, try sitting closer to the front to improve the visibility of the performers. If your loved one uses a cane or walker, bring collapsible chairs so that he or she can sit easily if needed.
When it comes to local healthcare and wellness events, our staff members at Home Care Assistance of Dallas know exactly where to go. On June 11 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., be sure to attend the free Community Health Fair at Brookhaven College. There will be free flu shots, blood pressure checks, hearing tests, vision checks and much more!