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Fun activities to do with an older adult to beat the summer heat
By DebraMcDonagh / July 31, 2019

When we think of summer activities, we think of swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, sports and a bunch of other activities that require energy, being in the sun and the heat. But what if you are caregiving for someone older who cannot handle the heat well or who has limited mobility or tires easy. What things can you do together that are fun, but accommodate your care recipients limitations?

Here are a few ideas we came up with.... 

But we'd love to hear some of yours! We will add them to the post!! Email Debra at dmcdonagh@baypath.org


Take a car ride and go sight-seeing. 

Put up the a/c and ride through a state forest, along the coast, through a historic district. This is a fun way to get out and about, beat the heat and have fun chatting and reminiscing.

Make a date to watch the sunrise. 

Seniors are known for being early risers. Make a breakfast date and have the coffee or tea ready in time to be in place to see the sunrise together. This will be a special way to welcome the day. If it’s too hot to sit outside, set up camp in front of a window facing east!

Go to a museum.

Museums are a peaceful, air-conditioned environment with benches scattered about. Usually, a small donation will gain you entrance, and you can spend the afternoon viewing art and history, grab a snack in the cafe, and browse the gift store. 

Go to your local library. 

There is still just something nice about holding a book in your hand. The cover art is usually very creative, and who doesn’t love reading the book synopsis on the back cover. Libraries are free to enter, and it’s free to browse. The air is cool, and the environment is tranquil. Browse the periodicals; find out if there are any special events, like a book reading — a great way to get out of the house and stimulate your mind. 


Enjoy free live music in your town!

Chances are you town's recreation department hosts a summer concert series, that typically showcases local bands of different genres: Jazz, Swing, folk, blues, old-time favorites, etc. They are usually held just before dusk so the temperatures are cooler but the mosquitoes are not out yet. Grab a lawn Chair, a small cooler, a sun hat and a hand held fan and go enjoy some local live music. Check out your towns website to see what they have going on!


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