As we all know it’s important to make the most of any good weather days we have here in Britain so we’ve put together some ideas for activities you can do with an elderly friend or loved one to help get them out of the house and into the fresh air.
Walking is a great way for the elderly to keep active. Why not look into local National Trust sites or pretty gardens nearby that you can explore as a family?
These will often have good parking facilities and safe paths to walk on, as well as a café or restaurant where you can enjoy a cuppa.
Visitor attractions like these may provide wheelchairs and motability scooters for visitors to use too. But call in advance to check availability and to avoid disappointment.
If you decide to go on a walk, why not take a picnic with you? Pack up some foldable chairs or settle down at a picnic table and enjoy some sarnies and the, fingers crossed, sunshine.
Gardening is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the good weather and it’s perfect for keeping an elderly person active both mentally and physically. You can burn up to 250 k/cal for every 30 minutes of digging you do, 195 k/cal mowing the lawn and 105 k/cal weeding and 100 k/cal raking. Find out more about how gardening can help the elderly here.
If getting outside isn’t an option, or the weather is particularly bad, then playing cards or board games indoors is a great way of keeping an elderly person’s mind active. You can read more on keeping the elderly mind active at home here.