Thank goodness for spring! After a dreary winter, the budding leaves and sunshine are a welcome change and a great opportunity to get outside and get active. If you’ve been feeling the effects of cabin fever, this spring season may have you dreaming of all the things you can do, try or begin. If you’re a retired senior, this is the perfect time to find new ways to be socially active and make 2019 the year of you.
“Being socially active is not just important to help us age well, but it’s also great fun.” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. Spring makes it easy, he says, because it just seems natural to get outside and take in everything the world has to offer. “The Boston area has so many great outdoorsy things to do, from beautiful gardens to boating along the Charles River to farmer’s markets, festivals and so much more. For active, independent seniors, there’s never been a better time to get out, get moving and spend some great times with good friends.”
Here are some of our favorite ways for seniors to stay socially active during the springtime:
Planting a garden is a quintessential springtime activity for many. Whether it’s tilling vegetables in a community plot, growing herbs in containers on your balcony or a simple window box filled with cheery flowers, gardening is both a beautifying activity and a great stress reliever. However, don’t just limit yourself to what you can create with your own two hands. There is a myriad of ways to get involved in gardening groups, from Master Gardeners to permaculture guilds, from urban gardening clubs to organic gardening organizations and so much more. A quick Google search will put you in contact with horticulturists and hobbyists in your area who share your interests and passions.
- Community gardens are a great way to get involved in large-scale projects, especially if you don’t have the space at your own personal home
- Your county extension office can get you involved in research, lectures and classes, plus give you opportunities to volunteer your time and experience and pass on your knowledge
- Master Gardener programs often have beautifying missions around the area, from planting flowers at area rest stops to helping plant pollinator gardens
Walking and Hiking.
Walking is one of the best, cheapest and easiest ways for seniors to get exercise. It can be done at your own pace, and even a slow stroll can help improve your heart health and lower your blood sugar. Walking keeps your joints supple, can help relieve chronic pain and releases endorphins that make you feel good. While you can take strides by yourself, it’s an activity that can be much more fun in a group. Grab a friend and have a standing walking date, or look for groups in your area that do mall-walking or weekly hiking outings. You don’t have to make it an “official” activity – walking can take place anywhere, from a golf course to a farmer’s market to a stroll along a historic route. If you can incorporate walking into another fun activity that you enjoy, so much the better!
Going to Festivals and Outings.
We often think of Memorial Day Weekend as the official kick-off to fun events, but really, as soon as the weather starts warming up, seniors can generally have a wide variety of festivals, concerts and other activities that start taking place. For example, seasonal farmer’s markets often start as early as April, and citywide events like First Fridays or Third Thursdays often have big kick-offs in mid-spring. As the weather warms, restaurants and bars open up their patios and hold live music under the stars.
Visit Friends and Family.
As the days get longer (and more and more festivals and events start taking place), you may start feeling the urge to travel to see family and far-away friends. Since the weather is generally better this time of year (although you still have to be on the watch for thunderstorms, hailstorms and the like), why not plan a trip to visit someone you love in a far-away city? If your grandchildren are school-aged, see if they have an end-of-year event or concert that you can attend and plan a visit around. Or perhaps your childhood best friend has moved to a new community in Florida or Arizona – why not spend a long weekend helping her set up her new place or getting acquainted with all the fun, exciting things to do in her new home town?
Volunteer or Get a Part-Time Job.
What? Get a job? It may sound surprising, but a large number of seniors end up going back to work in some capacity after they’ve officially retired. Not only is it something to do, but it’s also a great way to stay socially active and keep your mind engaged. Springtime opens up lots of seasonal opportunities to spend your time doing something you’re passionate about and love. Is there a festival or organization you’ve always wanted to volunteer for? Would you enjoy working part-time at a local hardware store or garden shop to put your love of plants to good use? What about beautifying a local green spot? With a little research and a little creativity, you’ll be surprised at the opportunities you discover.
“Staying socially active is one of the big reasons why active, independent Boston seniors choose to make our community their home,” says Jake. “Our independent living community takes care of everything from maintenance, cleaning, laundry, cooking and more so that your time is yours to spend as you wish. Plus, we have a huge focus on staying social and engaged both inside the community and out. From dining with friends and neighbors at our restaurant-quality dining hall to an array of engaging activities and events both on campus and off-campus to partnerships with the greater Boston community to help you pursue your passions, springtime at Waterstone at the Circle can be a new, great chapter in your social life.”
If you’d like to learn more about the unique lifestyle offered at Waterstone at the Circle, or if you’re wondering how a luxury retirement community like Waterstone at the Circle can help you live a vibrant, active and fulfilled life, contact us today at 617.431.1880.
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