It’s reassuring to know that spring is on the way, which means warmer, more pleasant weather is just around the horizon after a long winter of brutal snowstorms and freezing, unpleasant temperatures. What better way to ring in the new season than to spend your free time outside in the sun? Don’t let Mother Nature have all of the fun; join her outside and participate in one of these enjoyable springtime activities!
- Have a picnic.
Sunshine, green grass, and pleasant temperatures are all quite appealing, so why not spend as much time as possible outside during the day? Making a picnic supper and eating it outside, whether in a park or on your senior living community’s patio. Ask a friend to join you and bring classic meals like sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, and fruit cobbler so you can enjoy the warm weather together.
- Take a walk
Staying physically active at an older age is more vital than ever. It can help you feel more energized, preserve your independence, and even treat sickness symptoms. So, take advantage of the pleasant weather and go for a stroll across the park! It can not only serve as your daily physical activity, but the beauties of springtime nature that you haven’t seen since last year are sure to cheer you up.
Go outside and do the things you used to love as a kid, like flying a kite, looking for four-leaf clovers, and drawing pictures with sidewalk chalk, if your mobility allows it. These are fantastic activities to do with your grandchildren, so invite them out for some fun!
- In the garden, plant
Have you considered the health benefits of gardening? It’s an excellent form of exercise that can help you feel less stressed while also increasing your strength and endurance. So, take advantage of the pleasant weather and join the gardening club outside! You can not only improve your gardening skills but also make a few new friends!
- Spring-clean your home.
The spring-cleaning season is the ideal time to clear up your home of clutter. So, open the windows and let some fresh air in, then get to work! If you need some extra assistance, invite one of your children to come over and browse over your belongings with you; it could turn into an opportunity to share wonderful memories through the mementos and photos you’ve discovered!
- Provide bird food
Spring has arrived when the birds begin to chirp, which also means they are hungry! Consider hanging a bird feeder to make the birds that gather outside your window happy. Making your own DIY bird feeder can also be turned into a pleasant hobby. Discuss holding a craft activity hour for this project with the activities department personnel.
- Visit a local farmer’s market.
Consider visiting a farmers’ market in your town that features local sellers selling their own produce and flowers. Simply walking around is a fun exercise, and purchasing fresh fruits and veggies is a plus! Maybe you’ll discover everything you need to prepare that new spring vegetable soup recipe you’ve been dying to try!
- Use a spring or Easter theme to decorate your home.
Seasonal decorations are a lot of fun to put up. Print and color free spring coloring sheets to decorate your home. Nature setting, Easter lilies, and happy bees are among our favorites. To use as decorations, you may also make non-toxic colored eggs. Alternatively, have a family egg hunt.
Paper chain garlands in pastel colors can be used to decorate windows and doorways. A few modest wildflowers in empty bottles or glasses will liven up the table considerably. We love how quickly and easily removable wall decals can add a touch of spring to a place. They’re particularly well-suited to celebrating with assisted-living residents.
- Lemonade for Charity
With the help of your residents, organize your facility’s first lemonade stand of the season. Encourage employees and family members to swing by and buy lemonade and cookies cooked by your facility’s Baking Club. Ask your people to choose a local charity to which the earnings will be donated prior to the event.
- Tea Party in the Spring
Prepare a special tea party for your residents in collaboration with your Dining Services staff, complete with a selection of teas, tasty tea sandwiches, and cookies. Encourage the women to wear their hats and brooches, and the men to wear their ties to the tea gathering to make it even more spectacular. Take a lot of pictures of this spectacular spring occasion for your facility’s newsletter or magazine.