What does summer mean to you? For many of us, summer means parties, travel, and relaxing with family and friends at the beach or pool.
For seniors, though, summer may be a time when they feel more isolated. They may not be able to travel as easily to join in on family trips, or they may not be up to summer activities like boating or camping. By taking time to create senior-friendly summer fun, families can make sure their older loved ones aren't left out.
-Whether you're visiting a public pool or meeting at someone's home, choose a pool with plenty of shade, seating options, and accessible restrooms. Try to plan your swim party early or late in the day to avoid the harshest heat and sun, and hopefully your elder loved ones can join in on the fun.
-Consider a senior-friendly family vacation. A two-week backpacking trip isn't the most inclusive option - a fun cruise or organized bus tour will let everyone enjoy a vacation together. For younger family members, plan side trips that satisfy their interests, like a day hike or a snorkeling excursion.
-Let your senior loved ones help with the kids. Parents struggle with childcare options while their kids are out of school for the summer. If your older family members are in good health, they can have "grandparents day" with the kids throughout the summer. A visit to an air-conditioned museum or a special meal at a favorite restaurant can create summer memories for all ages.
Most importantly, make sure seniors are safe in hot weather - find shade, help keep them hydrated, and plan for regular breaks from physical activity. Enjoy the summer with everyone in your family, together!
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!