July 2017 | Wesley Ridge Retirement Community

Summer Activities for 65+

Summer is a season filled with sunshine and the opportunity to have fun outdoors. After being cooped up all winter, seniors 65+ can enjoy summer activities while beating the heat.

Go For a Swim

Many people have backyard pools. Summer is a great time to go swimming, especially for seniors. It is a low impact exercise that keeps a person fit. It can heighten flexibility and lower the chances of developing osteoporosis.

Outdoor Concerts

Community parks often schedule entertaining summer activities, including outdoor concerts or movie nights. Since many of these venues are free, it is a great way to observe some good music or acting without paying a penny. The fresh air is much more enjoyable than a stagnate theater as well.

Bike Ride

Many areas have special trails or paths dedicated for bicycles. Besides offering an outlet for physical activity, it is a great way to enjoy nature. Many shops offer rentals that have three wheels or special supports for seniors.

Visit the Farmer’s Market

An outdoor market is often filled with local goods. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which allows you to get creative in the kitchen. Look through your old cookbooks and discover unique ways to prepare melons and berries or bake a fresh loaf of traditional zucchini bread.  Besides delicious dishes, you will be increasing the amount of vitamins to your diet, which is beneficial for your health.

Go to the Ballpark

Summer is a great time to head to the local stadium for a baseball game. If a professional team is not available, you may enjoy watching a Little League team play.

At Wesley Ridge, we have a list of summer activities for our residents. We know seniors want to get outside and enjoy the pleasant weather. Thanks to our dedicated staff, this season is one of the most fun times of year.


Healthy Tips on Avoiding Heat Related Illness

Summer has arrived with all its heat and humidity, therefore it is wise for seniors to reduce their risk of heat related illnesses whenever possible. Below are some helpful suggestions regarding the best ways to have a healthy summer:

Checking on Elderly Friends and Loved Ones

Make sure you or another trustworthy individual check on your elderly friends and family members, such as experienced caregiver. This is one of the best ways to ensure that the person is not overdoing it or has not become exhausted or ill due to hot temperatures.

Planning Activities

Encourage elderly loved ones to plan outdoor activities during non-peak hours when the sun has gone down. Seniors should also move exercise sessions indoors during the hottest times of the year. For instance, using an indoor treadmill, exercising at a gym or walking laps around a local indoor mall are good options for exercise that will not increase the person’s risk of heat exhaustion.

Staying Hydrated

Make sure your senior family member drinks plenty of caffeine free, nonalcoholic beverages to stay hydrated when weather is hot. It is also wise to suggest they eat foods containing potassium and sodium, which is a combination that restores electrolyte balance.


5 Games to Play with Your Grandchildren This Summer

The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren can be incredibly strong. Playing games together is one of the ways in which this bond can be strengthened. Additionally, participating in these summer games is a remarkable method of stress relief for grandparents and it can allow kids an outlet to use up some of their boundless energy. Below are 5 games to play with your grandchildren this summer.

Card Games

Many grandparents enjoy playing card games with their grandchildren. One of the beauties of card games is that there are tons of different games with varying difficulties. Therefore, card games are great to play with grandchildren of all ages. Whether it is Go Fish, Gin Rummy or Bridge, this is one fun activity designed to create memories for years to come.

Video Games

Video games provide another great bonding opportunity for you and your grandchildren. With this activity, your grandchild may even be the teacher who shows you how it’s done. No need to worry if you don’t catch on right away. Just enjoy the moment and revel in the laughter that may result from your lack of experience!

Board Games

Board games are designed with bonding in mind. This is another activity in which the possibilities are limitless. You and your grandchildren can play board games like Scrabble, Bingo, Sorry, Candyland and Checkers. These are great because they can teach children how to strategize or expand a child’s vocabulary.

Hide-and-Seek

A lot of kids love to play hide-and-seek, and summer means that hiding places can expand to the outdoors. Therefore, it’s time to cover your eyes, start your countdown and yell “ready or not, here I come!” Throw Things So much fun can be had from simply tossing balls, Frisbees or even water balloons. Go ahead, showcase your impressive throwing skills and have fun while doing so!

These are just some of the summer games you can play with your grandchildren. Feel free to create your own as well and expand their imaginations!