COVID-19 social distancing is an important part of reducing the spread of the coronavirus. For seniors, it’s perhaps even more important, as the elderly are more susceptible to serious health consequences if they contract the virus. Despite the limitations on social contact, it’s important for seniors to stay active and mentally stimulated throughout the summer months.
Check out some of our favorite (safe) summer activities for seniors during social distancing.
Visit a Local Park
For seniors with access to transportation, a trip to the park is a great way to get exercise, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.
Arkansas’s State and local parks are currently open for visitors, but it’s important to make sure you observe the rules of social distancing: Wear a mask that covers your face and nose, maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, and use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60%.
Hot Springs, Arkansas offers a number of local parks for seniors to visit and enjoy this summer:
Fort Smith, Arkansas residents can also enjoy local parks, including:
For those in Bella Vista, the following parks offer beautiful views and natural scenery:
Window Visits from Family Members
While close personal contact is off-limits during social distancing, there are ways for seniors to enjoy in-person interaction with family this summer.
Window visits are a great way for seniors to see and speak to loved ones without endangering themselves or people who live near them.
If your senior loved one’s home or senior care facility offers a space with large windows, organize a window visit where you and other loved ones can sit outside the window and visit through the glass. You can play games, catch up on family photos or simply converse.
Window visits allow seniors to stay indoors in an air conditioned space while also enjoying time with family members. For seniors who are especially vulnerable to heat and sun, window visits are a great way to stay safe, comfortable and connected during social distancing.
Go Bird Watching
Bird watching is favorite outdoor activity for many Arkansas natives, since the state is home to a variety of native bird species.
Bird watching provides tranquil, relaxing time outdoors while still offering mental stimulation.
Arkansas offers tons of great birdwatching spots, including:
It’s important for seniors to carefully observe all COVID-19 safety protocols during COVID-19. Check out the CDC coronavirus portal to learn more.
When spending time outdoors this summer, seniors should always remember to drink plenty of water, wear and reapply sunscreen, and go inside when temperatures get too high.
Learn more about summer safety for seniors here.
Have questions about senior care in Hot Springs, Fort Smith or Bella Vista, Arkansas? Contact Brookfield Senior Living and Memory Care today.