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5 Spring Activities for Seniors

March 29, 2011

Spring is an exciting time of the year, since it usually means an end to the snowy winter and ushers in the sunshine of summer. Along with the warmer temperatures, spring also brings a number of opportunities to enjoy some different activities with mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.

Below are some suggestions from a few of Concordia's activity coordinators for springtime activities you can do with your aging loved ones.

Spring Cleaning: You're probably asking yourself what could possibly be fun about spring cleaning. Use the time spent together as an opportunity to have your loved one talk about some of the items you're going through. Every object in his/her house probably has a story with it. Take the opportunity to hang laundry outside on a line if you can and get a few bags of items to donate to the Salvation Army.

Gardening: The benefits of gardening are obvious fresh air, sunshine, mental stimulation, producing something tangible, etc. If an outdoor garden is too physically demanding, consider getting a few pots or a window box that can be maintained without all the bending and kneeling. If a garden is out of the question, plan a trip to your local conservatory.

Color Easter Eggs: Maybe you haven't done this since you were a kid, but it's still a fun activity that requires some thought, creativity and coordination. Don't approach it as a childish activity and it probably won't be received that way. Then when Easter Sunday comes you already have a colorful appetizer ready to go.

Golf League: If you have an older loved one who still enjoys golfing, set up a regular game together with a couple of their and your friends. It's good exercise, gets everyone outside and gives you something to talk about. If you don't golf, offer to caddy instead.

Take a Walk: This, the most obvious idea for a simple springtime activity, is sometimes overlooked. Drive to the local park and take a stroll around; observe the new life that's popping up all around you. Enjoy the spring sights, smells and sounds.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries has been serving seniors for 130 years. Our activity departments at every level (skilled nursing, assisted living/personal care and independent living) pride themselves on giving those in our care a plethora of opportunities for interactions with friends and family.

For more information on what kind of activities we offer at each of our locations and levels of care, visit our website, call us at 724.352.1571 or e-mail here.

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