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7 Sweet Activities for Seniors to Embrace the Joys of Summer

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As we round out the springtime months, the imminent arrival of summer brings with it a vibrant atmosphere and a multitude of opportunities for people of all ages to engage in enjoyable activities. For seniors, it’s a particularly ideal time to get out of the indoors and engage in delightful summer pastimes with a host of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. From vitamin D absorption to enhanced mood and social interaction, the summer presents plenty of options for basking in the sweet joys of the outdoors.


Let’s take a dive into the world of summer fun with the following senior-friendly activities perfect for generating joy and creating worthwhile memories.

1. Beach Outings

A day at the beach is a quintessential summer experience. The soothing sound of waves crashing, the warmth of the sun, and the feel of sand beneath your feet can bring immense pleasure to seniors. Whether it's simply enjoying the view, taking a leisurely stroll along the shore, or building sandcastles with grandchildren, the beach offers a plethora of ways for seniors to unwind and bask in the summer ambiance.

To ensure a safe and comfortable outing, it's important to select beaches with accessible facilities and shaded areas. And don’t overlook the necessity of sun protection, such as hats, sunscreen, and umbrellas, to safeguard against excessive sun exposure. Bring plenty of hydrating liquids and be sure to take breaks from the heat when necessary.


2. Baseball Games

Baseball is often referred to as America's favorite pastime, and attending a baseball game is an ideal summer activity—not just for young people, but for seniors too! Many stadiums provide accessible seating options and facilities to accommodate seniors with special needs. And there are areas within the stadium where you can escape from direct sunlight and heat for a while.

Watching a baseball game provides an opportunity for older adults to relive cherished memories, engage in social interaction and enjoy the excitement of the sport. The atmosphere creates an unforgettable experience, making it a perfect outing for seniors to feel connected to the community and share the thrill of the game with loved ones.


3. Nature Walks & Gardening Activities

Summer can be a beautiful and serene time to soak in all Mother Nature has to offer. Nature walks at a local park, botanical garden or nature reserve allow seniors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the outdoors. The sights, sounds, and scents of nature can be rejuvenating, providing a serene and fulfilling summer experience for older adults. You can adapt to accommodate mobility needs when necessary, opting for locales with accessible paths and benches along the way. 

For seniors with more of a green thumb, gardening activities are another wonderful way to connect with nature. Gardening provides a sense of purpose and encourages gentle physical activity. Seniors can tend to potted plants, grow herbs or flowers in small garden beds or even participate in a community garden project.


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4. Family Picnics & Cookouts

There's something truly special about gathering with loved ones for a delightful picnic or cookout in the great outdoors. These shared meals in the open air offer a chance for seniors to bond with family members, create lasting memories, and foster a sense of belonging.


Consider choosing a scenic park with accessible paths and facilities to ensure that everyone can fully participate, or opt for accessible outdoor spaces with seating arrangements that accommodate mobility needs. Invite all attendees to prepare a delicious assortment of finger foods, sandwiches, fruits, and refreshing drinks, or to prep grill-worthy dishes, such as burgers, grilled vegetables, and kabobs. This is a prime time to engage in light games, share stories and relish the joy of being surrounded by loved ones. 

5. Scenic Drives

Taking a leisurely drive through picturesque landscapes is a fantastic way for seniors to enjoy the beauty of summer. Seek out scenic routes, countryside roads, or coastal drives that offer breathtaking views. 


Ensure that the vehicle is comfortable and safe, and plan regular stops to stretch and take in the surroundings. Get involved in the planning process by choosing your favorite destinations or landmarks. Scenic drives provide a serene and rejuvenating experience, allowing seniors to connect with nature and relish the wonders of the sunshine season from the comfort of the car.

6. Ice Cream Shop Excursions

Cooling off with a delicious ice cream treat on a warm summer day is an experience that transcends age. Ice cream shops can even evoke a sense of nostalgia for older adults. Many ice cream parlors offer accessible seating options and a wide variety of flavors to cater to different tastes. 


Take a leisurely stroll to the ice cream shop, indulge in a cone or sundae, and savor the sweet delight of this summer classic. The experience is not only a sensory pleasure but also an opportunity for seniors to engage in casual conversation.

7. Outdoor Concerts 

Music has the power to evoke emotions, trigger memories and uplift the spirit, which is why outdoor concerts are a fantastic option for seniors to embrace the lively spirit of summer. Many communities organize concerts in parks or open-air venues for people to enjoy live entertainment. Seniors can bring folding chairs or blankets to relax and immerse themselves in the music.


From classical music to jazz, folk, and local bands, there is a diverse range of musical genres from which to choose. Listening to melodies under the open sky, surrounded by a cheerful crowd, creates a festive atmosphere that can promote fun, connection, and appreciation for the arts.


If you or the senior in your life desire to get out and grab hold of summer’s joys, these ideas are a great way to get started. For older adults who choose the senior living community lifestyle, opportunities to enjoy these types of activities are baked into daily living. With access to a range of amenities, including organized outings, social events and specialized care, senior living communities offer a seamless integration of summer activities that allow older adults to partake in the bounties of summer. These communities foster a sense of belonging, social connection and overall well-being, enabling seniors to fully embrace summer’s joys in a safe and supportive setting.

To find out how United Methodist Homes provides a wealth of offerings and opportunities to support the health and well-being of our residents, contact us today or schedule a complimentary visit now.

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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