Spring is a great time for seniors to try their hands at new hobbies, explore local points of interest and get involved in group outings. To ensure our residents can put a spring in their step and get the most out of this exciting season, here are some ideas for activities that seniors can try today.
The many parks spread throughout Loveland provide plenty of scenic locations to go on picnics or nature walks. And the return of migrating birds and temperate weather makes it fun for new and veteran bird watchers, hikers and fishers to resume their interests now that winter has passed.
Golfers among our residents have several well-reviewed courses to choose from, and even seniors who don't enjoy teeing up for an 18-hole course may enjoy going to one of the nearby miniature golf ranges with a group of their grandchildren or neighbors.
Seniors with a furry friend might want to expand their walking routine with one of the local dog parks or pet-friendly trails around Loveland.
Many include water features or areas for small or timid dogs, which lets seniors tailor the visit to their companion's needs.
Visiting a farmer's market connects seniors with the individuals who grow food locally and lets them see what produce is in season. Cooks and foodies can pick out ingredients to include in their own recipes or try out some of the homemade goods that many crafters display in their stalls.
A fun outing that seniors can share with their grandchildren is to take a trip to the zoo or a working farm and watch the baby animals. Calling ahead of time lets seniors find out what animals are in each location so they can pick the ones that will most interest them and their family.
Seniors bit by the gardening bug can head to one of the plant nurseries around town and pick out seeds or seedlings to grow in their senior living apartment. Many varieties of low-maintenance houseplants feature pretty flowers or interesting foliage, and with the light from a sunny window or some grow lights, seniors can even try their hand at tending a few potted tomato plants or herbs.
Classic lawn games such as croquet, badminton and ring toss never go out of fashion. Seniors who want to have some fun outside on a pleasant day can talk to the staff and round up a group of friends for a few friendly games.
The Chilson Senior Center also has drop-in games of boche ball and pickleball that interested seniors can inquire about during one of our visits to the facility.
Seniors who decide to take up photography, painting or drawing can capture the local spring scenery and preserve it for the future through their own works of art.
Beaded jewelry, hand embroidery and paper bouquets are also great mediums that seniors can combine with the colors and shapes around Park Regency to convey the feeling of the season in crafted form.