Benefits of The Greater Outdoors For Older Adults
As we journey through life, we often use the changing seasons as markers of time. In the spring, we can breathe in the fragrance of flowers or the refreshing scent of rain. In the summer, we enjoy the great outdoors bask in the warmth of the sun and enjoy longer summer days.
Research has shown connecting with nature can improve mental wellbeing, promote health and wellness, and strengthen human relationships. The natural world is an integral part of our lives, from the water we drink to the plants we grow to the weather we experience.
Experts believe spending time in nature can benefit older adults in many ways, including reducing anxiety, lowering blood pressure, improving physical activity, increasing vitamin D absorption, reducing depression, and boosting immune function. Read our five benefits of enjoying the great outdoors.
Five Benefits Of Being Outside For Older Adults
- The sunshine vitamin – our bodies mostly get the Vitamin D we need from the sun, so it’s good to get outdoors and fresh air.
- Exercise and mobility – getting sufficient exercise to maintain and build strength with low-impact activities like garden walks or gardening can be safe and enjoyable.
- Immune-boosting – being outside among nature has been shown to strengthen our immune system, so enjoy your gardens, forest walks or a walk along the beach.
- Better quality sleep – exercise is beneficial to aid sleep, which is essential for overall health and well-being.
- Feeling your best – enjoying fresh scents and vibrant greens, with some sunshine, can make you feel better overall.
There are many ways to help older adults enjoy the outdoors, such as going outside into gardens, taking walks, visiting parks and the seaside to feel the summer breeze and sun rays and even engaging in activities like tabletop gardening and bird watching.
Don’t forget to ensure appropriate clothing and sunscreen are worn to protect older adults’ skin.
At Oakland Care, we understand nature’s importance to our residents’ well-being. Our care is tailored to help our residents stay healthy and active indoors and outdoors. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one enjoy the benefits of nature with us. Visit our website for more information or call 0300 303 5445.