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Best Local Day Trip Ideas for The Elderly

August 22, 2015

You and your senior loved ones could benefit from taking a quick trip on a nice day. Whenever the weather is good, get out and enjoy the fresh air with the people you love most. On poor weather days, there are still plenty of day trip options to take advantage of. Here are four easy, short trips for seniors that are sure to excite your loved one and keep you both in good spirits. 

1. Spend the Afternoon at a Museum  

Museums can be great day trips for senior citizens. Even if you’ve already been there before, a museum is a great way to keep mentally and physically active for a few hours. You can walk through the exhibits slowly and sit down when you’re tired without inconveniencing anyone. The learning aspect of museum visits also helps seniors’ cognitive function, according to the American Psychological Association. The kind of mental exercise you receive from this senior citizen field trip can help keep brains sharp and help improve thinking skills. Even better — many museums offer reduced prices for adults over the age of 65, so check the website of the closest museum in your community for pricing information. 

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2. Go on a Dessert Tasting

Dessert tasting is a great short outing for seniors that’s both simple and fun. Spend the morning walking around your town and sampling sweets from nearby bakeries and delis. Not only will you get in some good, leisurely exercise, but you’ll also get to reward yourselves with tasty treats. If your loved one is diabetic or if neither of you particularly likes sweets, try a similar activity with a different food, like pizza. Even if you’ve already tried all of the shops in the area, it could be a fun activity to remind yourselves of your favorite places. 

3. People-Watch at the Park

On a nice day, try exploring a nearby park and take a rest when either of you gets tired. Just sitting on a bench and enjoying your surroundings can boost your mood, noted Harvard University. Strike up a conversation with fellow park goers or people-watch. After all, sometimes the best form of entertainment is other people. A park outing is an excellent outing for a senior with dementia. An outdoor outing can improve sleep and awareness as well as lower stress levels that cause agitation. 

4. Bring the Fun to Their Assisted Living Home

If your senior loved one is unable to leave his or her assisted care community, you can always just bring the activities there. Rather than visiting by yourself for a few hours, bring some other family members and friends that you know he or she would love to see. Have each of them bring a favorite food and set up a picnic outside of the building or in the common area. The time spent socializing with a group of friends and family will remind your loved one of all of the people who care about him or her.  

Check Out What Trips & Activities Elmcroft is Offering 

At Elmcroft, outings and activities are an important part of a happy social life for our residents. Each day, wellness and life-enrichment activities are offered in our communities, all designed to appeal to the wide-ranging interests of our residents. On-site entertainment, clubs, physical activities and classes offer opportunities to enjoy a rich social life, try a new activity or engage in a well-loved hobby.  

Of course, a healthy and happy retirement life requires a balance of six components: physical, social, cognitive/intellectual, emotional, spiritual and leisure. That’s why we offer programs like Vitality Wellness Club and Fall Prevention Program, and coordinate fun outings to local places of interest.

By providing such an array of activities and outings, we ensure that our residents have choices, maintain an active life, expand their environment and have opportunities to engage with each other.  

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