Fresh air and vitamin D are important for everyone's mental and physical health. During this time, it's important for seniors to find activities they can do in the safety of their own backyard. Here are two ideas you can send to your parents and grandparents so they can stay active and enjoy the sunshine in their own yards.
If your parents or grandparents are still together, gardening can be a wonderful activity for the two of them to do together. While they may not be able to see you or their grandchildren right now, they can still nurture and raise something living.
"When my mother finally retired at the age of 72, she immersed herself in gardening. She had a beautiful small fenced in backyard which she filled with herbs and flowers. It was a hobby she enjoyed very much for 15 years until the day she fell while she was in the yard. I wanted to help her keep up her gardening but we needed to make it safer for her to participate in."
— Senior Safety Advice
2. Tai Chi for Seniors: Improve Your Physical and Mental Health With This Gentle Form of Exercise
Tai Chi is a great activity to suggest to the seniors in your life. Whether they live with someone or alone, you can send them videos on YouTube and explain to them how to follow along with the video in their home in front of the computer. If they have a laptop, they can also take put it on a table in the backyard and practice tai chi in the grass.
"'Meditation in motion' is a phrase that's often used to describe tai chi. For seniors, the focused, low-impact movements can help clear the mind, just like meditation. Older adults can also experience many other benefits from this type of exercise, including increased strength, improved mobility, better flexibility, and stronger immunity."
— Great Senior Living