Sandy, Danny, and the rest of the gang had it right – but summer fun isn’t just for teenagers! With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year for seniors to unwind, relax, and make memories with each other and their loved ones. Here are some ideas for summer fun for the seniors in your life provided by our assisted living team in South Jersey.
#1 – Sunday Sundaes
Who doesn’t love a cold, sweet treat on a hot summer Sunday? Set up a sundae bar at home or in your assisted living community with a range of ice cream flavors, toppings, and sauces. You can also add a float station for classic soda floats! Whether you love a classic vanilla sundae with a cherry on top of chocolate ice cream covered in hot fudge, there will be something everyone will love.
#2 – Backyard baseball or softball
This can be as simple as making the time for grandpa and the grandkids to play catch on a lazy afternoon or organizing a community event at a park where local seniors can come and watch. It’s a great idea for local clubs who want to create a social event where kids can join in, less mobile seniors can watch and cheer on loved ones, and where everyone can have some classic summer fun. Remember to have lots of refreshments and shade for your supporters.
#3 – Stargazing
Cool summer evenings are best enjoyed outside under the stars. Set up chairs on your patio or even in the park and watch the stars come out. You can also arrange to have a cookout or make s’mores and tell spooky stories, especially if the kids are involved! Another fun idea is to have a local astronomy club set up telescopes so you can see the stars and planets up close while you learn a little about our beautiful galaxy.
#4 – A bake-off
For aspiring young bakers to experienced home cooks and fans of The Great British Baking Show, everyone will love a competitive but fun bake-off! Invite local baking clubs and host it at your assisted living community (and make sure residents can participate). Have team events for kids and grandparents, competitions for best pies and cakes, and fun trophies to hand out to the winners.
#5 – Music in the gardens
At your local park or even assisted living community, you can set up chairs in the gardens and entertain seniors and their families with a little music festival. Invite singers, bands, and music clubs to perform and hand out picnic baskets for everyone to enjoy an afternoon of music outdoors. Remember to have plenty of shade and keep everyone hydrated, especially on hot days.
A warm, sunny, and welcoming assisted living community in Cape May County
At UMC at The Shores, an assisted living community in South Jersey, we know how important healthy social connections are to the quality of life. In addition to supporting, you in staying in touch with your loved one in-person and through technology, we also have a lively social calendar, a wide range of clubs, and outings throughout the year.
To find out more about making friends in assisted living or assisted living in South Jersey, contact us today or visit our website at https://umcommunities.org/theshores/
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