New Hampshire’s weather this year has been a bit confusing. A good part of winter felt like spring (where did the snow go?) and this spring has started out feeling like winter (what, MORE snow?). While the local weather is unpredictable, there’s one thing that’s for certain: the spring weather WILL come.
Whether you are an aging senior or you have an aging loved one at home, in assisted living or a nursing home, spring is a great time to get out and shake off the winter blues. After being cooped up for a good part of late fall and winter, spring welcomes us back to the outdoors. Flowers start blooming, the days are warmer (and longer), birds are singing and grass is greening. Spring in New Hampshire is a time for rejuvenation.
So here are 10 spring activities for seniors. You can do some of these alone, with friends or family, or even the grandkids:
1. Do a few light chores
Fill the bird feeders, water the plants, break up bulbs for spring – and summer-blooming flowers, pull a few weeds or plant some seeds. It feels less like work when it’s warm and sunny!
2. Pack a picnic
Invite friends or family members to a local park, bring a big blanket and have everyone bring some food to share. Or plan a picnic out on your patio or in an open area at the nursing home or assisted living facility.
You don’t have to climb Mount Washington to enjoy the benefits of a hike. A hike can be anything from a brisk walk around the neighborhood, to a stroll on a flat municipal trail, to some light hiking in the country. The important thing is to get out and move (and enjoy the scenery!)
4. Visit a Farmers’ Market
Summer is farmers’ market time in New Hampshire, but plenty of them open up in May. Once there, you can get some healthy, local food, or you can simply walk and enjoy the sights and sounds. The NH Department of Agriculture has a list of farmers’ markets on its website.
5. Check out an outdoor flea market
There are a several flea markets in the state, some of which open as early as April. There are treasures galore to be found at the flea market – you’ll be astounded at how many things you’ll see for sale that you’ll say “I had that when I was growing up!” Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll enjoy the walk and the sights.
Nothing says spring like a plant or two on the porch, window or deck. Pick out something bright and cheery – it doesn’t have to be expensive to brighten your day!
7. Try sidewalk dining
Grab a friend or family member and find a restaurant with outside seating. Order a coffee and pastry. Enjoy the sun, the conversation and the people-watching.
8. Hit the links
If you golf and you’re fit enough to play the back 9, put together a twosome or a foursome and play a round. You’ll enjoy the game and reap the benefits of exercise and sunshine.
9. Go to a baseball game
Whether it’s the Red Sox, a local, Minor League Team (like the Fisher Cats), or a high school game, nothing says spring and summer like baseball. Head on out and root, root, root for the home team!
If you have limited mobility, go to a park and feed the ducks or do some birdwatching. Or don’t do anything but simply sit on a bench and enjoy nature. Sometimes fresh air and sunshine can be the best medicine.
No matter what you decide to do, be sure to follow a few safety guidelines for a enjoyable – and safe – outing:
- Dress for the weather – it can still be chilly in early spring!
- Make sure to bring sunscreen and a hat – it may not be hot, but the UV light is still a skin cancer risk.
- Be sure not to overdo physical activity – take on only what you’re physically able to do.
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