Fun Activities for Seniors to Beat the Heat

summer activities for seniors

Caregivers and seniors might get a little bored when it’s hot out. After all, the heat is especially hard on older adults. If you or a loved one have a health condition that is aggravated by the heat, it might be necessary to stay indoors or closely monitor your temperature. That doesn’t need to limit you though. There are plenty of fun activities you can plan for the hottest summer days.

Indoor Activities to Beat the Heat 

Summer is a good time for small gatherings, where you can more easily control the heat with air conditioning and fans. Have a select few friends over to participate in these fun summer activities:

  • Painting 
  • Host educational guests
  • Book club meetings
  • Puzzles such as jigsaws, sudoku
  • Play board games
  • Bird watch through the window (set up feeders ahead of time)
  • Crafts (but avoid crafts that would be disturbed by a fan)
  • Summer movies (avoid salted treats to keep hydration high)

Making Summer Treats 

Do you love to cook? Hot summer days are the perfect time to learn to cook a cooling treat. Not only is it fun, eating the treat can help keep you hydrated. Plus, you can adjust the recipe to match your skill level. 

Those who were avid cooks for their families might be up for the challenge of Italian Pasta Salad, a cool, refreshing idea for lunch. The recipe calls for you to make the unique dressing from scratch.  

If you’re a cooking rookie, a Paleo Blueberry & Peach Parfait might be more your style. You can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and add them to your bowl as you choose. You can play it fast and loose with the recipe and include different fruits if you prefer (ideally local, seasonal choices from a nearby farmer’s market or farm).

Selected Outdoor Activities 

You don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to indoor activities. There are some outdoor activities that you can do in the early morning before the heat picks up or in the evening when things cool down. That way you can still get a bit of fresh air and maybe even gentle physical activity while it’s not too hot. 

1. Gardening 

Gardening is actually best done in the morning, so your water has a chance to absorb into the soil before the sun starts to evaporate it. Plus, if you weed early, your plants will get more sun throughout the day. We suggest you get out early and take it slow. Don’t spend too much time gardening and be sure to take a lot of water breaks. 

2. Golfing

Many golf courses are open early in the morning and later in the evening to cater to those who like to golf without a crowd. They may also offer shaded golf carts and a cool environment in the clubhouse. Try doing nine holes instead of the full 18, so you can fit a round in during the morning or evening hours when it’s cooler. 

3. Walking

A short walk in the morning or evening is a great way to stay active while avoiding the summer heat. Ensure you bring along a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

4. Swimming

While taking a dip at noon might be too rough on seniors, swimming in the early morning or evening can be much more pleasant, even in an outdoor pool. You’ll be surprised at how much cooler the water is in the morning and evening. If you’re swimming in the evening though, ensure you choose a pool that’s well lit. 

This is just the start of the summer activities you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home or as a planned outing. What is your go-to summer activity? We’d love to know!