Recent studies have shown that daily outings for senior health significantly improve quality of life and help seniors live longer than those who do not have access to daily outings. This almost comes as no surprise, and yet there are still seniors across the country who will not leave their homes for a variety of reasons, which becomes much worse in the winter.
Going out of the house each day can include so many reasons and benefits, such as shopping, socialising, or pursuing leisure walks. In general, seniors who engage in any of the above will have better health as a result – we know that simply being part of social groups comes with a range of proven health benefits. Continuing an exercise regime – whether it is simply walking in the park, or going to a fitness facility for senior-specific classes – is an essential component to maintaining health and independence in old age.
There are, sadly, barriers to many seniors getting outside as often as once per day. Many seniors have mobility limitations, and depending on the infrastructure where they live, this may prove a significant barrier to going outside independently. In the winter especially, seniors with limited mobility will be reluctant to go outside and in many cases will need support or even transportation to make winter outings possible. It is also the case for many seniors that they simply don’t go out, for a variety of personal reasons. As a community, it is our duty to be there for these seniors and encourage them and support them to leave the house and participate in social activities.
Knowing that seniors will benefit greatly from daily outings, encourage your loved ones to find activities that will get them out and about. It can be as simple as a walk around the block, a trip to the shops, a day centre or church, and make a huge difference to their quality of life.
As the top provider of Highlands home care and care in the surrounding areas, we’re here to help seniors stay active and engaged in life each day. Contact us to find out how we can help a senior in your life!