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10 activités estivales pour les proches aidants et les aînés

10 Fun Summer Activities for Caregivers and Seniors

 

Summertime is a great time for both caregivers and seniors to enjoy some fun activities together. There are all sorts of fun things to do that can provide enjoyment and promote healthy physical, social, and emotional well-being. Whether you have an elder parent or family member, or you are a full-time caregiver,  check out these ten great ideas for summer fun!

Here are 10 great ideas for summer activities for caregivers and seniors.

 

1. Have a picnic in the park


Picnicking is a classic summertime activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Pack a lunch and enjoy the beautiful weather in your local park. This is a great activity for getting some fresh air and spending time together. If you have trouble getting around, there are often parks with wheelchair accessible paths.

Picnic baskets, coolers, and blankets are easy to find at most stores or online. You can also find pre-made picnic lunches at some cafes or grocery stores.

PS: Don't forget the sunscreen!

 

2. Go for a nature walk


Nature walks are a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. This activity can be done almost anywhere, from your own backyard to a local park or nature reserve. If you need assistance walking, there are also many places that offer wheelchair accessible trails.

Before you head out, be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. It's also a good idea to bring along some water and snacks in case you get hungry during your walk.

If you want to make things more interesting, try looking for birds or other wildlife while you're on your walk. You might even want to bring along a camera or binoculars so you can get a closer look at the animals you see.

 

3. Visit a nearby farmers market

Farmers markets are a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other local products like honey, bread, and cheese. They are usually held outdoors, making them a perfect activity for summertime. Many farmers markets also have live music or other entertainment, so you can enjoy yourself while you shop.

To find a farmers market near you, try searching online or asking your local chamber of commerce.

When you visit the market, be sure to bring along a reusable bag so you can carry all your purchases home with ease.

 

4. Take a trip to the beach or lake


If you live near a beach or lake, spending a day in the water can be a great way to beat the summer heat. You can swim, sunbathe, build sandcastles, or just enjoy the view. If you don't want to get wet, you can also just sit on the shore and dip your feet in the water.

Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. you might also want to bring along some snacks and drinks so you can have a picnic by the water.

 

5. Go on a scenic drive

With the warmer weather, it's a great time to take a drive and enjoy the scenery. If you live in an area with lots of mountains or forests, go for a drive and admire the view. Or, if you live near the coast, take a drive along the beach.

If you want to make things more interesting, try looking for scenic routes that take you to new places. You can also look for drives with historic or cultural significance.

Before you hit the road, be sure to plan your route and make sure you have enough gas in your car. It's also a good idea to bring along snacks and drinks for the journey.

 

6. Organize a family or friend gathering

Gatherings are a great way to catch up with loved ones and make new memories. Since seniors tend to suffer from isolation, moments like those can make a real difference in their upcoming months. If you're planning a gathering, try to make it during the day so everyone can enjoy the warm weather. You can have your gathering at a park, beach, or even in your own backyard.

Don't forget to plan ahead by bringing along food, drinks, and games. If you're having your gathering at a park or beach, you might also want to bring along some chairs or blankets so everyone can be comfortable.

 

7. Attend a local festival or fair

Summer is a great time to enjoy local festivals and fairs. These events usually have food, music, rides, and games for people of all ages to enjoy. Many towns and cities also have their own annual festivals, so be sure to check out what's happening in your area.

When you're planning to attend a festival or fair, be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. You might also want to bring along some cash in case you want to buy food or souvenirs.

 

8. Do some gardening together

Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It can also keep seniors stimulated and engaged in a fruitful project! If you don't have a lot of space, you can even grow plants in containers on your porch or balcony.

To get started, you'll need to buy some plants or seeds, as well as some gardening tools. You might also want to look into getting a raised garden bed if you have trouble bending down.

Once you have everything you need, it's time to start planting! Be sure to water your plants regularly and give them plenty of sunlight.

 

9. Make homemade ice cream or popsicles

There's nothing quite like homemade ice cream or popsicles on a hot summer day. This activity is a great way to beat the heat and have some fun in the kitchen. To make your own ice cream or popsicles, you'll need some basic ingredients like milk, sugar, and flavoring. You can find recipes online or in cookbooks.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can also make popsicles by freezing fruit juice or other flavored liquids in ice cube trays. Once they're frozen, just pop them out and enjoy!

 

10. Enjoy an afternoon of movie watching

If it's too hot to go outside, you can always enjoy a movie marathon in the comfort of your own home. Make some popcorn and settle in for a few hours of entertainment. You can even make it a themed marathon by watching movies from a certain genre or era.


For an added twist, try watching foreign films or movies with subtitles. This can be a great way to learn about new cultures and expand your worldview.


Conclusion

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and stay safe in the summer heat!  If you have any other ideas, be sure to share them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!