Didn’t it seem like summer would never arrive? The pandemic has made us more eager than ever to get out into the fresh air. And yet, for the longest time, the weather was not cooperating!
So, what a relief to finally start seeing some warm summer weather come our way. As our communities begin to enjoy the sun and fresh air, residents and staff have been able to get outside more frequently. This has provided a welcome break from indoor activities.
Fresh air and sunshine are so important to our health, especially for loved ones who struggle with dementia. The aroma of fresh grass and flowers and the feeling of sun on their faces can lift the spirits and encourage connection and engagement with those around them.
Studies have shown that there are very real advantages to be gained by spending time in outdoor, natural settings with plenty of fresh air and sunlight. Benefits include:
- Better blood flow providing more oxygen to the brain, helps improve awareness.
- Variation in the surroundings, which can decrease the sense of isolation.
- Natural sunlight, which lifts the mood and promotes healthier sleep patterns.
- Stimulation of the senses, which can reduce anxiety and restlessness.
At Anthem Memory Care communities, our caregivers take every opportunity to encourage our residents to get out and enjoy good weather. Below are some recent photos taken of residents and staff taking advantage of warmer days. Enjoy!
This resident of Grace Point Place Memory Care in Oak Lawn, Illinois, shows off her gardening skills.
What better way to spend the day than to go fishing? This resident of Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Park, Illinois, couldn’t agree more!
These residents of Emerald Place Memory Care, in Glenview, Illinois enjoyed some outdoor games.
Nothing better than sitting in the sun at Willowbrook Place Memory Care in Littleton, Colorado!
Better weather brought out the bagpipers for an outdoor symphony at Harvester Place Memory Care in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Fresh air brings a smile from a resident of Chisholm Place Memory Care in Wichita, Kansas!
We’re all glad to have the warmer weather that comes with our summer season! Whether it’s engaging in physical activities or just sitting and feeling the sun on our faces, all help lift the spirits and improve our health. Along with the warmer weather we look forward to more days out in the sunshine for our residents and staff. We wish the same to you as well!
(The blog cover image is of two residents enjoying the warm weather at Vineyard Place Memory Care in Murrieta, California.)