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Summer Fun for Seniors

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hooray for summer! The kids are out of school and the weather has us craving ice cream instead of turning into icicles. What's on your activity list this summer? Studies have shown that staying active and socially engaged is essential for older adults to enjoy a superior quality of life. Here are some ideas to help you get a head start on your summer plans.

Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or a local garden. There's no better way to experience Minnesota in the summer than outdoors. Be sure to choose an appropriate level of physical activity. Take an easy stroll around the gardens or find yourself a bit of shade and watch the birds.

Go on a picnic. Picnics are a classic summer tradition. Enjoy good food and drink while people-watching at the park or beach.

Take me out to the ballpark. Attending a sporting event is ideal for those with limited mobility. How about taking a trip to watch the grandkids play softball?

Have a staycation. If a full-blown vacation isn't in the cards, why not do something touristy right around town? Visit the zoo or attend a barbecue at a public venue. Your community is probably full of events like concerts and outdoor movies.

Go fish! We've got more than 10-thousand lakes here. Enough said.

Take it outside. Do things you'd normally do indoors, but do them outdoors! This can include watching videos on a mobile device, eating on a deck or screened-in porch, playing cards, or just socializing.

Older adults have different needs during the summer than other age groups because of an increased risk of dehydration and sunburn. Be sure to plan your outside activities during cooler hours (morning and evening), drink plenty of fluids and don't forget the sunscreen or bug spray. Also, be aware that some medications and sun don't mix. Be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it's safe to spend time in the rays.

Minnesota's Area Agencies on Aging, in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging, provide a free information and assistance service – the Senior LinkAge Line® that helps older adults and their caregivers with a variety of aging issues. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

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