While this is usually a time for taking trips and visiting family, this year’s plans may still look different, as home remains one of the safer places for older adults who have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Whether you’re staying close to home or thinking of ways to enjoy the warm weather, there are many ways for older adults to make the most of this season.
As one of the more disproportionately impacted populations, seniors have sheltered safely at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. And while many older adults found silver linings during this time – like learning a new skill, mastering technology or even perfecting their favourite recipe – being isolated from neighbours and family has had an immense impact on older adults’ mental well-being.
Planning a staycation can be the perfect way to refresh and recharge without breaking the bank. Even something small like a virtual trip with family can positively affect older adults’ mental health.
Bring the vacation to you.
Through the wonders of technology, you can travel the world from your own living room by taking virtual tours of museums, national parks, and zoos. Take a remote trip one step further by immersing yourself in a new culture and re-creating a getaway experience in your home through food, music, decorations and more.
Be a tourist in your community.
Explore your own town and the great places in your neighbourhood by visiting tourist attractions with a friend. Sometimes it’s easy to forget your area’s hidden gems, so take the time to find something new.
Share your favourite holiday memories with loved ones.
Take a trip down memory lane and share your favourite holiday memories with family and friends. Putting together a virtual scrap book is also a great conversation starter and way to reminisce about these exciting and happy times.
Take advantage of the warmer weather.
Plan a day at the park or take a stroll around the neighbourhood to spend some much-needed time outdoors. If walks or trips to attractions aren’t possible because of mobility issues, a visit to the porch or patio can be a great alternative.
Plan for future trips.
Take the time to plan a future trip and consider places and destinations to visit when it is safer and more feasible. Planning a holiday can help lift your spirits and add something to the calendar that the whole family can look forward to.