Some seniors spend too much time indoors, which can lead to isolation and depression. Fresh air and sunlight is something every human needs, and Earth Day is a great excuse for your elderly loved one to get outside for a special event, appreciate what nature has to offer, and become more social. Here some suggestions for Earth Day activities your loved one might enjoy, brought to you by the senior care experts at Henderson Home Care Assistance.
Visit a Community Garden
Most towns have a communal or rooftop garden open to the public on Earth Day as well as the rest of the year. Your loved one can help plant some seeds or just enjoy being outside and spending time with other people. A community garden is a great place for your loved one to stay social and meet people with similar interests.
Plant a Tree
One of the big events many people participate in on Earth Day is planting trees with other members of the community. Trees are vital for the health of the planet, and once the tree is planted it can be very satisfying to watch it grow throughout the years. While your loved one likely can’t help with any heavy lifting, he or she can take part in the proceedings in other ways.
Volunteer for an Environmental Group Event
There are many charities that need volunteers for Earth Day events. Sitting at a table taking tickets, handing out gift bags, or giving people directions can be a nice way for your loved one to spend the day and help promote the environment. Many of the people attending charity events on Earth Day are kind and accommodating, which makes it another wonderful opportunity for socialization.
Birdwatching can be fun to do either alone or in a group. Your loved one can find checklists and pamphlets online to catalog the different types of birds he or she sees, which can keep him or her mentally stimulated. It is a relaxing and safe way to get some low-impact exercise, spend some time outdoors and appreciate nature, and perhaps even spark an interest in a new hobby.
Having a helpful companion can ensure your loved one has more opportunities to participate in activities like these all year long. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available around the clock to assist with mobility, provide transportation, and help with many other important tasks. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, stroke, and Parkinson’s home care Henderson families trust. For more information on our senior care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 today.