Now that the Pennsylvania winter is gone—and it took the cold winds, snow, and ice with it—it’s time to start filling senior living community calendars with fun activities. Residents are eager to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather while they spend time with friends and family. Adding some fun spring activities for seniors to the entertainment lineup adds to their enjoyment of your community and helps them stay active, engaged, and healthy.
Seniors and their families looking for an assisted living community in Boyertown or elsewhere in Pennsylvania often choose those with a wide range of activities and events for residents. Here, our professionals of We Care Senior Solutions share some ideas to add to the spring activities schedule.
Fun Activities for Active Seniors
Activities for assisted living communities must appeal to a wide range of interests and varying mobility levels. Offering multiple options ensures everyone has the opportunity to participate. Our list of ideas includes something for everyone and might even inspire some people to take up new hobbies and make new friends.
Move Regular Activities Outdoors
As the weather warms up, move regularly scheduled activities outdoors. Book clubs, discussion groups, lectures, and exercise classes can all take place in the sunshine, providing a change of scenery and the chance to get some fresh air. Outdoor meals, afternoon tea, or socials also change things up and let residents enjoy the springtime weather after spending winter indoors.
Create an Outdoor Exercise Club
Residents of senior living communities can stay active by joining outdoor exercise clubs or classes that meet daily or several times a week. Exercise is critical to seniors’ physical well-being, and guided walks around the community grounds can help support health. Regular exercise can help promote:
- Better bone and joint health
- Improved strength and endurance
- Healthy blood pressure
- Better mental health
For a change of pace, communities can provide transportation to local parks or nature trails, or if there is interest, create cycling or jogging groups to allow residents to socialize while they exercise together.
Play Outdoor Sports
Mini-golf, table tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard are all fun outdoor games that can get senior citizens outside to spend time together. Some communities set up a game area where residents can engage in some friendly competition. A tournament or competitive league play could become one of the most anticipated spring activities for seniors in the community.
For those who prefer brain games, communities with outdoor areas for chess, checkers, backgammon, or other board games encourage people to head outdoors and socialize while keeping their brains sharp.
Grow a Garden
Gardening is a favorite outdoor activity for many seniors who often can’t wait to start tending to their raised beds or flower pots. Working in the garden is an excellent option for seniors with limited mobility, and it’s proven to reduce stress and promote feelings of well-being. Many senior living communities offer community garden spaces that residents can care for together.
Other garden-related activity ideas include:
- Gardening or plant care workshops
- Botanical garden excursions
- Planting a personal indoor herb or flower gardens
Attend Local Events
In cities and towns across Pennsylvania, local festivals and events celebrating spring’s arrival fill the calendar. Assisted living communities typically schedule excursions to these fun events for residents. Other scheduled trips include visits to nearby garden centers, museums, shopping districts, or farmer’s markets, giving community members a chance to get out and about and enjoy the nice weather together.
Many local theater and music groups also start their seasons in the spring and release performance schedules for the rest of the year. Senior communities often qualify for discounted group rates and tickets and coordinate groups to attend concerts, plays, and performances. Attending the symphony or touring productions of Broadway shows are exciting spring activities for seniors, and a community-sponsored trip can make the experience stress-free for them.
Schedule Family Picnics
Assisted living residents can connect with their families and create a stronger sense of community with a community-wide family picnic. Whether the community organizes a large-scale event with entertainment and games or more casual potluck gatherings, these events allow families to spend time together in a fun, low-stress environment.
If the assisted living community doesn’t have a large enough outdoor area for such an event, reserve space in a local park or outdoor center. Many city or state parks have picnic shelters or event spaces, and your residents and their families can enjoy park amenities together.
Organize Volunteer Opportunities
Senior living communities have many talented individuals eager to give back and use their abilities to help others. Many make it easy for them to stay involved in the community by organizing volunteer opportunities. These might include:
- Offering services like baking or sewing for a fundraiser
- Helping out with community events
- Participating in community cleanup or beautification events
Spring Clean Up
Spring cleaning may not be everyone’s idea of a fun springtime activity, but it’s a great way to welcome the new season and say goodbye to winter. Communities can encourage residents to de-clutter their spaces with a public swap meet or tag sale or schedule a cleanup day with a service that can transport unwanted items to a donation center.
Let We Care Senior Solutions Help You Find the Perfect Assisted Living Community
Isolation is a significant concern for many older adults, but moving into an assisted living community that offers a full array of activities for residents eliminates those worries. These ideas for spring activities for seniors are just some of the ways that senior living communities are supporting active, vibrant, and engaged aging and improving quality of life for seniors.
At We Care Senior Solutions, we guide seniors and their loved ones in their search for the ideal assisted living community. We match families with high-quality, resident-centered properties that focus on resident well-being and active living in Montgomery County, PA, and beyond. To learn more about activity ideas for seniors or get support in finding the perfect community, call us at (610) 600-6170.