May is Older Americans Month, a tradition that has been celebrated across the nation for nearly 50 years. This year’s theme is Never Too Old to Play, a fitting topic for our older loved ones as we always encourage an active and full life, no matter what the age.
Staying Active for Older Americans Month
This month as flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, take the opportunity to get out and have some fun. Here are a few suggestions of activities you can share with a spouse or older loved you whom you may be caring for:
- Go dancing. Get out on the town with friends and go dancing for an evening. Another great idea is to check out what kinds of dance classes are offered at your local community center.
- Go for a walk. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather before it gets too hot.
- Clean house. We’ve all heard of “spring cleaning.” Spend an afternoon helping an older loved one prepare their house for the warmer weather, put away winter clothing and get rid of unnecessary clutter around their home.
- Get moving. Ask a friend to join you in a game of racquetball or golf at the local sports center or country club. Health clubs also offer exercise classes specifically for senior citizens, so ask for a schedule of classes and join away.
- Garden party. Now is the time to get your hands dirty in the garden and start planting beautiful flowers around your home. Consider having a garden party with your friends and neighbors to show off your hard work.
What are you doing to stay active this month?