The arrival of warmer weather opens possibilities to do more to stay active and healthy, especially if your mobility has changed over the years. The mild-to-warm temperatures and extended daylight hours are extra motivation to experience the fresh air and get some exposure to sunlight.
If you’re eager to add some spice to the spring season, here are a few activities that are just better this time of the year. They will boost physical and mental wellness and give you extra reason to smile!
Watch the birds, and feed them
The chirping of birds and other sounds crescendo more during this spring season. If you’re delighted by our avian friends, take some time to get outdoors and watch them in their habitats. Bird watching at all levels can be relaxing and stimulate your curiosity – you don’t have to go far to get a close look.
Consider hanging a bird feeder outside your home to attract birds. You’ll love the interaction and up-close views of their graceful movements and colors. As you learn more, you can identify various species and gain a new appreciation for these beautiful creatures.
Attend local events
The season for outdoor festivals and community events is in full bloom, especially as people feel more secure about their health and safety. A quick online search, notice in the local newspaper or check of an app on a smartphone will produce countless opportunities to visit a local event.
From local music, food and arts, there will be no shortage of venues. Itcan be a good time for the entire family. Walking from booth to booth and admiring all the sights, sounds and flavors will definitely get you some exercise and be a worthwhile and memorable outing.
Change workout scenery
If you enjoy walking on a treadmill or doing some light stretching inside your home, now is a great time to move your routine outside. Soaking in some sunlight increases your vitamin D intake and provides a comfortable setting for your workout. A walk around the neighborhood or stationary movement in a grassy spot will increase your focus and boost your mood.
Safety shouldn’t be as much of an issue because most surfaces are dry and temperatures are right for a little extended time out in the sun, but it is important to still remain cautious.
Exercise a green thumb
Melt away the hours by engaging in some gardening this spring season. This activity has a number of benefits. It’ll push you to be a little extra mobile. Ifmobility is a concern, gardening remains accessible with raised garden beds and other equipment.
A lot of seniors are drawn to gardening for its healing effects. Regularly tending a garden is known to reduce the risk of depression and increase immunity. If the weather is not quite prime gardening conditions, do not underestimate the value of starting an indoor garden, which can be transferred outdoors once conditions improve.
The incredible weather is another great opportunity to get out and volunteer and support a cause near to your heart. Some ideas include pitching in on a community clean-up day, lending a helping hand at the local pet shelter or mentoring children in sports, music, arts or academics.
Increased temperatures have a way of energizing bodies and boosting moods. When you spend time working with others for a good cause, yourfeelings are amplified and will soothe mental and physical well being. Of course, volunteering can leave you feeling a little tired, but all the smiles, high-fives and goodwill is sure to fill your heart.
Spring clean inside and out
Spring cleaning, for some might be a love-hate activity. The results are rewarding, but the actual work that goes into it is not too exciting. You can make it more fun by involving your family and friends. Maybe you’ve meant to sort, organize and unload a bunch of stuff around the house. You can engage your support system to help you get items passed on to others or to a charitable organization.
Decluttering your home can increase safety and put your mind at ease through greater organization and tidiness. You can also spend some time organizing your front and back yard and garage. Remember to always ask for help if you need help getting around and for safety. Having someone around also gives you an opportunity to catch up and enjoy some social time with a family member or good friend.
We offer various spring-cleaning tips for seniors here.
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+ Bonus Caregiver Questions To Ask Before You Choose An Agency
As you prepare to interview care agencies, take a look at the agency’s website to learn basic information about the types of care provided, specific services available, and payment options. You can expand on these topics with additional questions during the interview. Keep these tips in mind during the research process:
- Get recommendations. Talk to healthcare professionals in the field, your mom or dad’s doctor, and any friends or family members you know who have worked with a home care agency previously. Ask them which agencies they have had the best experience with and find out what they think about each provider you plan to contact. Look online for reviews and ratings. Do they have a lot of reviews? Look for independent review sites that have verified reviews such as bestofhomecare.com and look for agencies that have awards. See if they are accredited through the BBB and if they have an A+ rating.
- Check references. The agency should supply a list of references such as health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, social workers and other providers they have worked with. Call these references and ask them whether they regularly refer patients to the agency and what sort of feedback they have heard from clients.
- Consider the agency’s technology innovation. Does the agency have an online portal where you can view care plans and communicate with caregivers? Do they respond to communication quickly? Can you access information about your loved one via mobile? These are all useful ways to stay informed about your mom or dad’s care.
- Understand their process. Will you have the opportunity to interview caregivers? What happens if the caregiver isn’t a good fit? Will the same caregiver serve your loved one at each visit? How does the agency provide accountability for quality of service?
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