Spring is Coming. Is Your Senior Loved One Ready?

The days are getting longer, and before you know it, winter will be gone, and spring will be here. 

Get them outside. A long winter spent almost entirely indoors means they’re likely craving some open skies. Find an activity that fits their activity level and any physical or cognitive difficulties. An afternoon at the zoo, a gentile boat ride, a quiet walk or hike, maybe even a picnic or BBQ. Don’t push them to do anything they can’t handle, but be firm about getting them outdoors for at least a little while.

Here are some tips: 

  • Make sure their spring wardrobe is adequate. Many seniors become attached to articles of clothing and shoes, even items that are worn long past their usability. A quick trip with them to the store for some new stuff will likely be significantly appreciated. 
  • If your senior loved ones are independent and drive, make sure their cars have been serviced & inspected recently.
  • Make sure they have the proper safety and support tools for any hobbies or activities they engage in at home.
    • Items like kneeling benches
    • Help alarm pendants keep you connected
    • Anti-fatigue mats for gardeners
    • Easy-grip utensils
    • Keep them interested in their hobbies while keeping them comfortable & safe.
  • If your senior loved one is in a residential facility, ask what sorts of spring activities they have planned. Some places rely significantly on volunteers to arrange activities, so it may be necessary to start the ball rolling with ideas for spring events. 

Spring is the season of rebirth for all of us, and that includes seniors. Any little things you can do to encourage and facilitate getting them out into the sun will be appreciated all around.