After a long winter that stretched into April and even May, I like many Americans am very happy to see that summer has finally arrived.  I definitely have enjoyed activities such as grilling, spending time with my daughter on her swing set and just spending time outdoors.  While these things are fun for younger family members they may not be safe for mature members of the family.  To keep the fun open to everyone here are 7 summer safe activities to enjoy with elderly parents.

Fresh Squeezed Drinks

Summer brings a lot of exciting changes, including fresh fruits and vegetables.  For one fun activity, take a trip to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables, and create some fresh smoothies.  Strawberries, Blueberries, peaches and Mangoes can easily be combined into delicious drinks that all of the family can enjoy.

Manicures and Pedicures

For the mature females of the family take them to the local salon and give those fingers and toes a makeover while giving them room to breath in a new pair of summer sandals.  My daughter loves going to the Salon with mom and her Nana.  This is an activity that all generations, even those living in Madison Rehabilitation Centers can enjoy.

Croquet

While badminton and volleyball may not be the best choice for all ages, Croquet is a game that can be enjoyed by generation after generation.  Growing up I enjoyed Croquet on the lawn of my grandparents house.  Croquet is a game that can be set up and played on the soft grass close to home, the game is portable so it can be taken anywhere, and it requires a minimal amount of physical movement.

Safe Height Gardening

Gardening can be a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy as the weather gets warmer in the summer months.  While traditional gardens on the ground, the best form of Gardens for a mature population is done at waist height, minimizing the need for bending down or sitting on the ground.  Using a raised garden bed, or constructing a wooden frame that’s at least 30 inches off the ground is a great way to get everyone in the family involved.

This is also a great activity to enjoy to pass down knowledge and growing techniques from one generation to the next.  Depending on the abilities of your mother or father, making jams, and canning can also be added to this activity to preserve your vegetables for years to come.

Walking Club

Walking is great way to get out in the sunshine and enjoy some low impact exercise.  Taking walks with family can also open the opportunity to talk about life and step away from the stress of work and the business of technology.

Family Driving Outings

Planning a Day trip to a nearby site to see can be a great time that the family can enjoy together.  Fun activities could include a drive to a local park to sit and relax, or something more elaborate like visiting an aquarium or a local museum.  Whatever day trip you plan, be sure to check ahead of time that there is adequate room for a wheelchair or whatever accommodations that you need.

Mini Golf

Golf is a sport that many people have enjoyed for many years.  As older generations have a harder time walking around, mini golf may be the best alternative to enjoy with younger generations, and a great way to stretch your legs in the warm summer sun.

No matter what activities you choose, be sure to check with the staff of the facility where your parents are staying to make sure that your activity is safe for your family member.