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Spring time activities perfect for elderly relatives

Solihull Editorial 23rd Feb, 2024   0

As the days begin to get longer and the daffodils and tulips begin to emerge across the country, the mood sort of lifts and we come out of our winter slumps to enjoy a new lease of life.

The spring time is one of the best times to get out and explore the local area, particularly as a family, with generations bonding and enjoying the warmer climes and brighter days.

It can be a special time of year for elderly loved ones especially, with winter often a period of dread, so seeing that through can actually be a real time of joy and celebration. So, why not make it a special spring with plenty of activities?

Whether your loved one lives in one of the many elderly care homes across the West Midlands or independently, days out in the spring really are special. But what are the best activities to enjoy with them?




Gardening

For many of us, spring means one thing and one thing only – it’s time to get out in the garden. It’s time to give our outdoor space the love and attention it needs after a harsh winter. But actually, it can be hugely beneficial for seniors too.

Gardening is great for physical and mental wellbeing, improving mobility, flexibility and our mood, as well as providing a real sense of accomplishment in watching something grow. One of the big perks of gardening is that you can also make it as accessible as you like, with plenty of jobs for people with limited mobility, as well as the option of creating raised beds to make it easier for them to grow.


Bird Watching

Continuing the tranquil theme, bird watching is perfect for spring as we start to see the return of birds from their winter migration. You can do this generally from anywhere, whether it be the gardens of a care home, your own home, in a park or at a bird sanctuary.

The likes of Parkridge, RSPB Sandwell Valley and Ladywalk nature reserve are great spots across the region, providing a relaxing and beautiful setting that will stimulate cognitive functioning.

Outdoor Picnics

After being stuck indoors for months, embracing the outdoors is incredibly beneficial and a fantastic way to all get together. Organising a family picnic can be a really fun social event that combines fresh air with good company and excellent food.

They’re incredibly simple to put together, with all you really needing being a blanket, some chairs and a trip to the supermarket. So, if the weather is looking fair, then it can be something you can enjoy on a whim.

Strolling and Nature Walks

Exercise is important for our elderly loved ones, but of course it also needs to be manageable. A leisurely stroll in nature can be great for this, improving cardiovascular health and promoting mental wellbeing.

You can enjoy the greenery, blooming flowers and even combine it with a picnic. Just make sure it’s not too far for your loved one and there are plenty of spots along the way to sit and relax.

Springtime Events

Finally, during the spring, many events are held each weekend, whether it be farmers markets, craft fairs or even spring festivals and fetes. There’s so much to see and do, all while being able to pick up little trinkets and share memories with all the family.

You can find out all the things going on in the local area here.

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