As the weather starts to warm up and everything comes into bloom, we can find our mood getting better. After months of being cooped up for winter, many families are looking forward to heading outdoors and spending time in the fresh air. Springtime activities such as taking a long walk, having a picnic, or spending time in the garden can grant us a sense of purpose and joy. These activities are especially great for loved ones with dementia, as keeping active and enjoying the outdoors can help regulate their mood.
If you have an elderly loved one with dementia, you might be worried about what activities to plan. But finding interesting outdoor activities to enjoy with your parent does not need to be a daunting task. Even light physical activity can be beneficial; something like sitting on the porch can also brighten your parent’s day. A good tip is to focus on hobbies that your parent used to enjoy before their dementia. Doing these activities together with your parent can help bring back the joy they felt while doing those activities in the past. Here are some outdoor spring activities that you can enjoy with your elderly parent with dementia.
Watch a Sporting Event
A professional sporting event at a stadium may be too overwhelming, but a grandchild’s baseball game can be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Your parent can enjoy the same sense of excitement and passion but in a more controlled and safer environment. It’s a great activity that can involve the whole family.
Explore Your Hometown
A walk around the block or window shopping is a good way to get in some light exercise. If your city offers tours by bus or boat, this can allow you and your loved one to be able to have a seat while enjoying the view. For loved ones who have advanced dementia or limited mobility, a walk down the driveway can also be a good way to add some fresh air into their daily routine.
While planning an entire day’s outing for a loved one with dementia can be daunting, there are activities that are crafted specifically for those with dementia in mind. Community resources can be an excellent option, hosting outdoor events such as crafts, picnics, or parades that are suitable for those with dementia. Our Celebrations Activities & Events program provides exciting options too.
Quality Time with a Treat
You’ll probably know your parent’s favorite restaurant or snack. Spending an afternoon with them at their favorite joint, or over a meal you’ve made specially for them, can be a great way to have some quality time with your parent. This break from routine can also be nice for both of you – and it can be something for you to look forward to through the day of the activity.
Enjoying Spring with Your Loved One
While dementia can be a difficult diagnosis, there are still a variety of ways to let your loved one enjoy a rich quality of life while navigating it. This spring, spend some quality time with them as you both enjoy the wonderful weather. If you need to spend some time indoors though, here is a list of activities to improve cognitive functioning in dementia patients.