Summer is finally here and it allows seniors in assisted living to engage in activities the cooler and wetter months prohibit. Here are seven popular summer activities for seniors in assisted living communities. This list is by no means comprehensive but is instead just a sampling of the many ways seniors have fun and keep busy during the summer months:
Assisted Living Activities in the Warmer Months
1. Fishing: Some senior communities have beach access or a stocked lake or pond right on their grounds which allows seniors to engage in a favorite summer pastime: fishing. Emeritus at Beckett Lake in Clearwater, Flor. is directly adjacent to Beckett Lake and residents have access to a fishing dock and other lakeside amenities.
2. Fantastic Field Trips: There’s no better time than summer for field trips and outings to local landmarks, both natural and man-made. Farmer’s markets are always a favorite. Each summer, residents of the the Cedars Assisted Living in Dartmouth, Mass. go on a cruise to Cape Cod. Residents at the Cedars don’t only get to enjoy the field trips, in the summer they also enjoy observing the many wild turkeys that roam the grounds and the hummingbirds that frequent the feeders.
3. Gardening: Gardening is a much beloved activity by seniors, and the sun brings the green-thumbs out of their residences en masse. Almost all senior communities accommodate gardens. For example, Eden Rock Assisted Living in Wilmington, Del. provides raised garden beds for their residents to grow vegetables, herbs, and whatever else they might fancy.
4. Walking: Many assisted living communities are built on large grounds with significant acreage. They put this space to use by providing scenic walking trails to senior residents in a secure, gated setting where their safety is assured. One example is La Posada at Parke Centre Green Valley, in Green Valley, Ariz. It has 4 miles of walking trails on its 110 acre campus!
5. Croquet: South Pointe Assisted Living in Everett, Wash., is just one of many communities with the popular game croquet. Seniors can enjoy some friendly competition while getting fresh air and some sun (and thus vitamin D).
6. Swimming: At communities with outdoor pools, there’s no better way to cool off than to take a dip. We all know it can get hot in Texas. Residents at Adante Assisted living in San Antonio love to cool off in the summer in their outdoor pool, which is always a perfect temperature.
7. Barbeques: What would summer be without barbeques? Barbeques are a popular summer time activity at assisted living communities, and residents are welcome to bring their friends and family. Eldorado Heights in Klamath Falls, Ore. is just one of countless communities that have barbeques throughout the warmer months.
Of course this is just a small sampling of all the summer activities that go on at senior communities across America. My grandfather would be disappointed I didn’t include bocce ball on the list, which is another senior community favorite. But this list should give a flavor for the varied enjoyable residents that senior community residents have to look forward to each summer.