For most seniors, the frigid temperatures aren’t something they are fond of and usually prefer to stay indoors during winter. However, the rest of the seasons more often than not, present great opportunities for the elderly to enjoy the outdoors. Even though it can be hard for seniors to go outside, especially for those with disabilities, there are numerous reasons that caregivers need to take them outdoors whenever possible. In this read, we are going to take a look at a few.
Get a Dose of Vitamin D
Over 40% of individuals in the united states do not get adequate Vitamin D for an array of reasons. However, getting exposed to sunlight is known to increase its levels. That is because the skin manufactures Vitamin D by utilizing cholesterol in the cells. Adequate Vitamin D is imperative as it helps prevent cancer, depression, and osteoporosis.
Increased Physical Activity
For most individuals, going outside boosts physical activity. It is natural to have the urge to walk around, see trees and animals and enjoy green sceneries. Similar to young individuals, the elderly also enjoy taking a walk around the block or in the park when the weather is friendly. Seniors may ideally be interested in growing their own vegetables or flowers, which can be an excellent form of exercise. We all know that being physically active has numerous health benefits.
Mental Health Boost
If your aging loved one suffers from depression or seems a bit down, going outside can help enhance their mood. Spending some time in nature has been shown to alleviate stress, reduce anger and even strengthen self-esteem.
More Chances to Socialize
Going outside also gives seniors the opportunity to see and converse with other individuals. Spending too much time alone can put the elderly at risk for isolation social wise, which only increases the risk of falling ill. As a matter of fact, studies show that Medicare costs tend to be an average of $1600 more per year for individuals suffering from social isolation. Not only that, but it increases the risk of dying.
Enhanced Joint Health
Individuals who have arthritis can ideally improve their health by walking. Exercise helps protect and rebuild the joints that have been affected by osteoarthritis. Ideally, walking builds up the leg muscles, allowing them to support the legs better. Not to forget the fact that walking contributes to weight loss and thus reducing the stress put on joints.
Senior care can help your aging loved one go outside more. A senior care provider can walk with them to ascertain they do not trip on uneven or dangerous surfaces. If your senior relative is in a wheelchair, the carer can take them outdoors to busk for a while and also push them around the neighborhood to enjoy the sights and see other people.