With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to spend time outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. But for some seniors, this is easier said than done. If you have an older loved one who has difficulty getting outdoors, this post explains the importance of getting out of the house and how to help seniors spend time outdoors.
Benefits of Getting Outdoors
Spending time outdoors has health benefits for seniors. A study out of England found that getting outside reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and decreases stress. It also helps seniors be more active, which can become more difficult as people age. A boosted immune system and improvements in sleep are also benefits. Finally, time outdoors is proven to be a good source of vitamin D from sunlight.
Tips for Getting Seniors Outdoors
Older loved ones may have various reasons for not wanting to go outside. The best thing you can do is to start small and be patient. For example, have them sit next to an open window for a few minutes each morning or evening. They can enjoy a drink or spend time reading, and the feeling of fresh air might inspire them to spend time outside.
If their home has a covered back deck or a porch, have your loved one spend time out there. Even something as minor as taking a trip to the mailbox to get the mail can get them out in the fresh air and give them a renewed sense of purpose.
A lack of activity can also make a loved one not spend time outside. Encourage them to get out of the house by spending time in the garden, attending an outdoor event like a sidewalk sale, or take a walk with a friend or caregiver. Any activity outside is better than none, even if you break it down into smaller increments.
If you have a loved one in your life who is lacking the motivation to do anything, consider hiring a caregiver. Companion caregivers at Optimal Senior Care Solutions help seniors in Newport Beach or Orange County, CA stay active and busy. Reach out to us to learn more about our services today!