Seniors living alone are prone to outdoor isolation, especially after the loss of a spouse or friends. This sense of isolation can increase if seniors rarely leave home. Many seniors take advantage of group activities such as book clubs or volunteering to maintain social interaction, but spending time with nature, even alone, has the potential to battle loneliness and foster a happier state of mind.
While some seniors are able to perform physical activities outdoors, such as riding bikes or playing tennis, others may be restricted due to physical limitations. However, there are a myriad of outdoor activities to be enjoyed adaptable to all levels of physical ability:
- Paint a picture -- Take an easel with paints, canvas and chair to the back yard or park and paint a picture of the scenery.
- Garden -- Container gardens are best for those with limited physical abilities. Full-scale gardens can be added to back yards for those able to be more active.
- Take pictures -- Easy-to-use digital cameras do not cost much for the fun they inspire. Sunrises, sunsets, beaches, parks, people, flowers in the neighborhood…the sky is the limit when becoming a photography buff. Arranging pictures in albums later can become a fun activity, sparking interesting conversations and memories.
- Go fish -- Fishing is a treasured pastime for many men and women. Local beaches, lakes and some ponds are available to the public.
- Build something – Build birdhouses or simple water features in the back yard, which can offer a fun activity with benefits to be enjoyed long after the building is complete.
- Play games -- Easy-to use-outdoor games include croquet, horseshoes of the plastic variety and corn hole (bean bag toss).
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