Without question, spending time outdoors enhances our ability to heal and maintain physical and emotional health. Architectural design studies even show that people exposed to greenery and sunlight in common spaces report improvements in health and well-being.
Tips on Staying Active for Elderly People
So, enjoy the warmer weather but also realize climbing temperatures can pose risks for people dealing with mobility challenges and chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, and Parkinson’s Disease. If this group includes you, here are some tips to make time spent in the great outdoors safer and more enjoyable:
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Arrange for someone to escort you when walking, exercising, or sitting outdoors.
Use walking aids. Remember, taking a stroll in the park using a walker or cane without incident is better than falling.
If your mobility is more limited, try sitting on a porch or patio. Or open a window. The air will freshen your home.
As much as possible, schedule your time outside earlier or later and avoid the hottest hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When going out, take along a bottle of chilled water.
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day—dilute juices to avoid too much sugar.
Eat fruits and vegetables high in water content, such as leafy green vegetables, cucumbers, celery, and melons. Use moderation, however, when consuming watermelon loaded with natural sugar and carbs.
Avoid drinking too many caffeinated beverages, which can deplete your body of fluids.
How to Get Elder People Walking
You can enjoy the great outdoors this summer with the right assistance, whether from a relative, friend, or homecare provider. Homecare providers assist people with short-term care while they recuperate from surgery or complete a course of therapy. They also provide ongoing assistance to those with chronic conditions. Support can include medication reminders, assistance with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, running errands, and even caring for pets. Learn more with Life Care at Home.