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5 Summer Activities for Seniors

older man carrying plants in a crate and enjoying summer activities for seniors

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the weather, get outside, and create new memories with friends and family. At Buckner Retirement Services, the Buckner lifestyle encourages fun and engaging summer activities in retirement throughout the season. Learn more about our services by calling Buckner Retirement Services at 214.227.7182.

The Importance of Staying Active in the Summer

For seniors, it can be easy to fall into a routine that doesn’t include as much activity as it should. This lack of activity can happen in any season. Seniors who don’t incorporate social and physical activity into their daily lives are at a higher risk for mental and physical health ailments.

Inactive seniors are more likely to suffer from:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Weakened muscles
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension

Seniors who are more active tend to be happier and engage in other healthy activities like mental exercises, eating right, and prioritizing socialization.

Summer Activities for Seniors

Summer activities come in all shapes and sizes and can cater to very active seniors and seniors with limited mobility. Here are just a few examples of fun summer activities in retirement.

Grow a Garden

Gardening is a versatile summer activity that allows seniors to get outside and experiment with different types of flowers, plants, and vegetables. Whether you want to garden an entire plot or simply want to grow plants in your home, there are plenty of options out there.

Join a Walking Club

Even during the warmest months of the year, summer can be one of the best times to take advantage of the weather by walking outside. A walking club is a great way to stay motivated to walk daily or weekly and make new friends.

Walking is one of the best summer retirement activities because it improves your mental and physical health.

A few of the benefits of walking include:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased muscle strength
  • More flexible joints
  • Improved stamina
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Healthier lungs

Most communities have walking clubs for seniors that you can find out about through the newspaper or social media.

Water Activities

In most communities, summer is the only season where you can enjoy time in the water outdoors. Water activities do not have to mean strenuous activities like swimming laps. Simply getting in the water or even dipping your feet in for an afternoon can be relaxing or offer a gentle form of exercise.

If you are looking for a more active option for the water, consider enrolling in a senior water aerobics class.

Fishing Trip

Fishing is a great summer activity that is simple, accessible, and relaxing. You can take a full-day excursion on a boat to do some serious fishing or simply grab a seat next to your nearest manufactured lake or river.

Fishing is among the most popular summer activities for seniors, but it also appeals to all ages, so it is a great way to spend time with kids and grandkids.

Visit a Farmers’ Market

During the summer months, you can find incredible fruits and vegetables from local farmers that are unavailable year-round. Many communities host weekly farmers’ markets where you can find great locally grown food, connect with your community, and even make new friends.

Enjoy Summer Activities in Senior Living at Buckner Retirement Services

There are so many ways to enjoy the summer season. At Buckner Retirement Services, we strive to create opportunities for residents to enjoy a wide range of summer activities in senior living.

Our communities are full of passionate professionals who work to ensure that residents enjoy life to the fullest. Contact Buckner Retirement Services at 214.227.7182 to learn more about our summer activities for seniors.