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Exploring the Great Outdoors With an Older Adult | Qualicare Big Sky, MT

Exploring the Great Outdoors With an Older Adult | Qualicare Big Sky, MT

Did you know that vitamin D provides several health benefits, including:

  • Better mood
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved bone health
  • Lower risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Stronger immune system

That’s why our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Sky wants to give you the key to getting as much vitamin D impossible—going outside!

Outdoors Activities for Your Loved Ones

When we were younger, going outside usually meant playing a game of tag with the neighborhood kids or going for a bike ride around the neighborhood. However, as we age, we are not quite as able to perform the outdoor tasks we were once able to when we were younger.

But that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors forever. Rather, we just need to find new outdoor activities to enjoy.

For instance, going for a walk around Big Sky can be a great way to attain some vitamin D, as well as see the sights we are not normally able to during a busy week. 

Going for a walk is not only a great way to be with nature, but it is also a low-impact activity that can really get your heart rate pumping—making it the optimal cardio workout for seniors.

However, being outside doesn’t have to mean exercise. Even outdoor activities like having a picnic or reading a book outside can bring in the health benefits of vitamin D, as you soak up the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Just make sure when you do head outdoors, that you are taking steps to protect yourself from skin cancerby:

  • Choosing light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Putting on sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection
  • Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30

Need someone to help you with the daily responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one? Visit our in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Skytoday to learn how we can help.