Welcome to summer – a season that can bring about childhood memories of how you spent those long lazy days years ago. It can also be the time of year when you may be searching for ways to remain cool.
Although one option is always to stay inside and enjoy the air-conditioning, there are activities you can choose that will encourage you to step outside.
Sunshine benefits both your mood and provides the Vitamin D you need for strong bones and muscles. But of course, you’ll want to avoid too much sun and heat. Good advice? Use sunscreen, find some shade, protect your eyes and wear a hat.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the summer with cool activities, you may want to consider these ideas:
- Shop at the local farmer’s market and make a cool summer meal
Summertime is perfect to shop for the freshest ingredients and plan for a cool summer supper. Not only will you benefit from the nutrients but a light meal as the sun sets offers the perfect way to spend a summer evening. Don’t forget the fresh fruit or cool drinks such as lemonade.
- Slip into a cool pool
If you live where the temperature rises high in the summer and you have access to a pool, take advantage of this prime summer opportunity and cool off. You can get an even bigger benefit if you decide to get a little exercise in while you’re in the water. And swimming is much easier on the joints.
- Watch your favorite light-hearted movies
This can be the perfect time to indulge your inner movie buff. Prepare a light snack and a cool drink and turn on your favorite comedies or whatever your favorite genre might be. How about Mamma Mia! or maybe Summertime with Katharine Hepburn?
- Read a book
This is a great activity that you can enjoy inside with air-conditioned comfort or outside under the shade of a tree. Look up a list of favorite summer reading choices, sit back and relax. Is this the summer you keep it light or will you finally decide to tackle a classic that has been waiting for you?
- Go outside
Take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures by venturing outside in the early morning or evening. Watch the sun rise or set or you can even watch the birds. Walking is good for both your physical and emotional health so consider taking a quiet walk or bike ride while the air is still cool.
- Work in the garden
If you have access to a community garden, spend the cooler parts of the day digging in the dirt. There’s something therapeutic about planting and watching the creations grow. If you have a deck or balcony, explore all the options that container gardening can offer.
- Go for a picnic
Grab a blanket, chairs and fill a basket with your favorite light summer foods. If you’ll be dining alone, take along a good book and relish in the uninterrupted time. Otherwise, grab a family member or spouse and savor a good bottle of wine and wonderful conversation.
- Enjoy an ice cream cone
If you need an excuse, July is National Ice Cream month. But any hot summer day was made for frozen treats. A favorite summer activity you’ll remember from your childhood, think back on the excitement and anticipation of cooling off with your favorite flavor. You just have to remember to eat it before it melts!
- Go fishing with your grandkids
If you have a lake or pond nearby, fishing is one of the most relaxing activities you can do. It doesn’t even matter if you catch anything. The motion, peace and quiet and being surrounded by nature makes it a good day. Spending it with your grandchildren makes it even better.
- Head inside for museums or outside for theater or concerts
What are you in the mood for? Inside or out? There’s no shortage of options so decide what you’d like to do and go for it. If you want to be indoors, think movies or museums. If you prefer outside, you might find a concert or sporting event to do the trick.
How senior living can help you celebrate summer
If you’ve been considering how you could make your life simpler yet also fulfilling, choosing an independent living community as your new home could prove to be the best decision you’ve made in a long time. And summer is a great time to make your move.
You’ll find a variety of activities to choose from and discover how easy it is to make new friends as you cross paths at the social events or common areas.
From gardening on your deck, enjoying the planned entertainment or just sitting with friends in the cool of the evening, you’ll enjoy your new-found maintenance-free and enriched lifestyle.
Life at Tapestry Senior Living communities
Summers were made to take it easy, while enjoying the companionships and laughter of others. You’ll find both opportunities and more if you decide to make a senior living community your home.
It can’t get any easier than a maintenance-free lifestyle and the convenience of walking out your front door and discovering all the amenities, activities and opportunities to meet and make new friends.
If you’re interested in all the options community life can offer, we invite you to consider one of our Tapestry Senior Living communities, where you’ll find:
- An active and engaged community who supports each resident to live life to the fullest
- Eating well and staying in shape is easy with our chef-inspired meals and fitness center
- A wide choice of activities to challenge your mind – or just to have fun
- Meeting and making new friends naturally at our many activities and social events
- And much more!
We understand that choosing the right community is an important decision. If you would like more information, we invite you to download our complimentary guide which contains helpful information for families considering senior living, Should You Stay or Should You Go?
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal tour, please contact one of our advisors at a community near you.