After a long winter in the Northeast, many of us can’t wait to get outside and active in the warmer temperatures and longer days this spring. If you care for an elderly family member, there are many benefits to spending time outdoors together. But there are also health and safety risks that you should be aware of. Fortunately, assistive technology, like the Bruno stair lift, can make outdoor time safer for your family member even when you’re not together.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to find a balance between engaging in healthy outdoor activities and keeping your elderly loved one safe this spring.
Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
Mother Nature has a lot of offer all of us, regardless of age or ability. Spending time outdoors has proven to improve mood, self-esteem, vitamin D levels, creativity, focus, and even healing. Studies have shown that outdoor time can even improve your energy, help you sleep better, and help your immune system function better. All of these are important benefits for seniors whose physical and mental health may have suffered during the winter months.
Potential Risks of Outdoor Time
However, too much time outside in the sun, wind, and rainy weather conditions can take a toll on seniors who have health conditions. Seniors who do not limit their outdoor time could suffer from sunburns, allergies, bee stings, exhaustion, and the onset of colds and the flu. This is why it is important to monitor seniors’ outdoor time to make sure they are getting enough, but not too much.
Great Outdoor Activities for the Elderly
Depending on the mobility limitations that your loved one has, there are many different outdoor activities that elderly adults can enjoy and engage in. Here are some examples of ways that you can get outside and active with the senior you love. Discuss these ideas with your family member to spark an old passion or inspire a new hobby.
- Go for leisurely walk
- Perform light gardening tasks
- Enjoy a picnic lunch
- Browse outdoor craft shows and flea markets
- Fly a kite in a park
- Attend an outdoor concert or theater performance
- Play yard games with grandchildren
- Go fishing at a nearby lake
- Observe the flowers at a botanical garden
- Go for a boat ride
- Try birdwatching in a wildlife habitat
Keeping Your Loved One Safe Outdoors
While at home, an outdoor stair lift can help your loved one safely go up and down outdoor steps without needing to access the home from an exterior staircase. It has been tested in all types of weather and proven to be safe, reliable, and effective no matter what conditions come your way. When your elderly family member can navigate outdoor stairs with confidence, he or she can enjoy the benefits of the outdoors in an independent and rewarding way.
As the weather starts to warm up, call us at (866) 4 LIFTYOU or (866) 454-3896 to schedule a free no-obligation, in-home estimate to help your family member enjoy the beauty of the season.