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For many seniors, summertime is the ideal season for getting outside and enjoying various activities, and the coastal weather in Southern California helps make this more manageable. Redondo Beach caregivers have put together a list of several activities your senior loved one can engage in to make the most of his or her leisure time this summer.
Casting a line from a local pier or a boat can be a relaxing way for your loved one to spend a summer day, and wading into the water on the beach can help him or her cool off when the weather warms up. Feeling a tug on the line can lead to some exciting stories your loved one can tell later. Be sure your loved one understands the local licensing requirements before taking that big fishing trip.
Participating in creative arts can provide a greater sense of purpose, alleviate feelings of depression, and boost cognitive skills. Painting may be the perfect creative hobby for seniors who enjoy the outdoors as well as those who want to spend a hot day in an air-conditioned home. With a little practice and imagination, your loved one might begin decorating the house with a variety of beautiful paintings.
When spring and summer hit, many yoga classes move to the park so participants can enjoy exercising in the outdoors. Besides helping seniors stretch their bodies and increase their range of motion, yoga has a number of health benefits for this demographic, including lower blood pressure and relaxation through breathing exercises.
Contra dancing is a type of folk dancing similar to square dancing, but is performed in lines of couples. Like any other dance, it can be performed outside on a cooler day or inside if the weather is too warm. Besides being a good opportunity for exercise, contra dancing can help your loved one meet new people and reap the benefits of socialization.
Sitting under a shady tree with a favorite meal and good company might be just the thing your loved one needs to lift his or her spirits. Pack a lunch for you and your loved one with plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables, and make sure he or she has plenty of protection from the sun.
If your loved one needs transportation to participate in summer activities, or just needs someone to enjoy them with, consider hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers make wonderful social companions for seniors and are expertly trained to help with a wide array of daily tasks. For more information on the elderly care Redondo Beach families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a free in-home consultation.