Memory Mondays: 10 Outdoor Activities for Alzheimer’s

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In the final weeks of summer, it’s time to make the most of beneficial outdoor activities for Alzheimer’s. Consider these suggestions for outdoor activities suited for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, courtesy of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

– Go for a walk early in the morning or later in the afternoon to beat the midday heat. This simple form of exercise may boost your loved one’s mood or decrease their anxiety.

– Visit a local farmers market. Not only will you be able to spend time in the fresh air while exploring the vendor stands, but certain foods may also trigger memories for your loved one. An additional benefit is the opportunity to purchase memory-preserving foods, like leafy greens.

– Relax on a porch swing. The rhythmic swaying may be soothing for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and it may also ignite pleasant memories.

– Birdwatch in your backyard. Grab a pair of binoculars or simply keep a lookout with your eyes for different species. Make a project out of it by installing bird feeders and bird baths to attract a greater assortment of birds.

– Attend an outdoor concert. Plan to attend a concert that features music your loved one enjoys, or go with easygoing music like string quartets or jazz ensembles.

– Go to the park. A neighborhood park can be a peaceful place for a stroll, or a simple spot to sit and enjoy nature.

– Explore a downtown area in your city. Whether you’re from Chicago and want to peruse a specific neighborhood or you live in an area suburb, walking around a city center to do errands provides an opportunity for exploring the old and the new.

– Stargaze. Whether you used a telescope or the naked eye, turn your head up to the sky. Consider printing out some guides on stars, planets and constellations for some guidance.

– Collect seashells. Gathering seashells on the beach can be a meditative and sensory experience for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. And while there may not be seashells along Lake Michigan, it’s possible to find interesting rocks and other items.

– Have a picnic. A picnic is an easy way to spend time outside while also enjoying the fresh air. Plus, you can have one anywhere – your backyard is just as great of a location as a nearby park!

When you and your loved one participate in any of these outdoor activities for Alzheimer’s, you’ll be able to create summertime memories together and reminisce on past memories, too.