5 ways to keep your elderly loved one's mind and body active indoors

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It isn’t out of the ordinary during the hot summer months for seniors to be advised to stay cool and indoors. With the smoke from our province's fires hanging heavy in the air, it is even more important to be vigilant about staying inside.

But staying indoors during the summer can be challenging, reducing opportunities for exercise and the chance to be social with friends and family.

We’ve pulled together a list of ideas for fun, engaging indoor activities.

5 ways to keep your elderly loved one’s mind and body active while indoors this summer.

Tackle a big project

Take the opportunity while indoors to tackle a project that’s easy to put off. Are there a stack of pictures begging to be organized and put into a beautiful album? Do you or your elderly loved one have a simple sewing, knitting or crocheting pattern you’ve been waiting to work on? Is there a scrapbooking project that has been sitting in the cupboard collecting dust for far too long? There is no better time than now, being relegated to indoors, to tackle these projects.

Frequent the library

The Okanagan Public Library has locations all over the Okanagan Valley and links us to the world at large. Walk through the aisles, brows the books on offer, or take in one of the many public events and activities the library has on offer. If reading is difficult, the library has a large collection of audio books. 

Walk at the mall

Malls offer a wonderful, air-conditioned environment that is smoke free. With so much space, going for a walk down the walkways is a way to get exercise and stay active while keeping indoors.

Learn a new skill

When we practice new skills and learn new things, our minds expand. Whether it’s a new recipe, or playing a new game together, learning something new is good for the mind, body and soul.

Explore recreation and senior centres

Recreation centres and senior’s centres often have courses, classes and programs specifically designed for the needs of seniors. Explore which types of programs are available at the recreation or senior’s centre nearest you and invite your elderly loved one along.

What are your top tips and ideas for keeping active and engaged during the hot, smoky, summer months?

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