May 12, 2017 by Glenn Savage
As the gentle warmth of spring lead into the hot months of summer, many "experts" recommend that seniors spend more time indoors in order to avoid the heat and sun. While staying indoors, keeping cool, and avoiding heat-related illnesses may appeal to a certain segment of the senior population, the majority of seniors are just itching to ditch their layers and enjoy the great outdoors. Thankfully, there are numerous summer activities that can be enjoyed by seniors without increasing the risk of sun or heat-related issues.
The key to safe summer activities for people of all ages is proper planning. Whoever is overseeing an outing should check the weather, temperature, and heat index. If conditions are not safe or favorable, simply reschedule or find an alternate site for the event. Comfort Keepers senior care personnel are great resources when it comes to safe event planning.
Planning should also take into consideration things such as parking, time spent standing in lines, the amount of walking involved, the type of terrain to be covered, the availability of water, the location of sun shade, and so forth.
Many activities can be planned early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the most direct of the sun's rays and the hottest temperatures of the day. One such event is catching a sunrise or sunset. Not only are these events beautiful, but they occur outside the "danger hours" of 10am to 3pm.
Picnics are great summer activities. While choosing a picnic dinner will avoid the midday sun, so will finding a dining location with a well-shaded pavilion. Many such locations also have air-conditioned facilities nearby if the heat gets to be too much.
When planning day trips, it is a great idea to schedule indoor stops during the hottest parts of the day. These stops could include lunch, a museum tour, or other indoor cultural events. If in doubt, a senior care provider can help design a safe route or itinerary.
In Colorado Springs, there are numerous summer activities to enjoy. Even seniors who have lived in the area for years may not have enjoyed many of them. Consider visiting the following:
These are just of few of the hundreds of great adventures available in Colorado Springs. Of course, summer also means music and movies under the stars, ice cream vendors, and street parades. In short, with a little planning and some assistance from Comfort Keepers senior care, your senior loved one should have a terrific summer filled with exciting activities.
Contact us or call (719) 239-5738 for more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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