It’s one thing for our loved ones to stay cooped up indoors during the cold winter months.
But, when the sun is bright and the weather is warm, our in-home care providers at Qualicare Southwest Indiana want you to know that it’s time to move more of the senior activities outdoors.
The Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Seniors
As we age, we tend to want to stay indoors more often due to either fear of falling or just not being able to handle the temperatures like we were able to when we were younger.
However, the breath of fresh air can also help deliver a ton of health benefits, including:
- Boosting immunity
- Combating depression
- Decreasing stress
- Lowering risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and certain cancers
- Improving bone health and heart health
- Increasing energy
- Reducing anxiety
Therefore, with all the benefits to be had by soaking up more vitamin D this summer, check out ways to find more sunshine during your day.
First, taking a walk is not only a great chance to get out in the sun, but you can also obtain a good cardio workout that is beneficial in keeping your heart health strong and balance maintained.
In addition, walking can also help improve your self-esteem and increase flexibility, which can help to add years to your life—and life to your days!
Second, don’t underestimate the power of moving your card game or board game outdoors. Especially for those who have limited mobility, even just sitting on the porch, playing board games or puzzles, can help them receive the same benefits as those who are taking a walk outdoors.
Finally, gardening is another great outdoor activity that most all older adults can enjoy! Not only does gardening help your loved one get outdoors, it can also be therapeutic and meaningful. It helps give older adults a purpose to wake up and water and care for their garden each and every way, as well as motivate them to get outside to watch it grow.
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare Southwest Indianawants to help your loved one find improved health by making time for the Great Outdoors. Give us a call today to learn about our home health care services!