The Great Outdoors for Seniors

004Seniors and the generation before them practically invented outdoor activities. Mountain biking, mountaineering, skiing, you name it, when our seniors were young, they were out in the mountains, pioneering outdoor activities. Unfortunately, they are also the first to leave these great activities behind. Arthritis, back pain and old injuries can become debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the road for the outdoors.

Colorado Seniors Get Out

Colorful Colorado is a beautiful place to live our later years. A simple Google search for “Denver Seniors Outdoors” leads to thousands of results like groups that get together, suggestions on what seniors can do and much more. Within a short drive, seniors can meet with other like-minded individuals to walk, bird watch, take pictures and do just about any other activity that offers a stunning view outdoors.

Sometimes, transportation is limited. Not all seniors can drive, but caretakers and friends can help fill the gap. Downhill skiing might not be on the menu, but that shouldn’t inhibit other great activities. Even if walking is limited, sitting on a bench in a park or gardening in the backyard can provide the view, the fresh air and the getaway that helps to keep us stimulated and happy.

The Small Things

We have a patient, Bill. He’s an older man, but until a few years ago he golfed, sometimes 36 holes in a day. He can’t golf anymore, so we settled on the next best thing: watching golfers. Golf courses are some of the most beautiful places in the world, but you don’t have to golf to love the landscape. When we sit there, Bill is a happy man.

Getting outdoors doesn’t always have to involved strenuous physical activity. The important part is to get a breath of fresh air. Socializing, moving a little and getting a change of landscape is as good for the mind as it is for the body.