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It’s Never Too Late to Try New Things

A video of a 102-year old grandmother skydiving has been making its way around social media. While jumping out of a plane is not everyone’s idea of a good time, her story is a great reminder that it’s never too late to try something new.

With the warm weather finally here, what better time to get outside for a little adventure. And by adventure we mean any new experience – no freefalling from a plane needed.

Getting out with help

Not every senior has the mobility to just up and leave the house on a whim. Physical limitations, living away from family and other challenges can make it difficult to get out and about. Even a senior who isn’t receiving home health care for medical needs can enlist the help of a home care provider to help with outings and transportation. A caregiver can help get you to and from where you need to go and escort you to social outings and events or help you get out for some fun and new adventures.

Some activities to try this spring and summer

Ontario is full of beautiful parks to explore and sights to see with something for everyone. There’s also no shortage of activities for seniors looking to try something new and meet new people, regardless of their age or mobility.

Here are 3 activities to get you outdoors this spring and summer:

Lawn bowling – A favorite with old and young; lawn bowling is a low-impact activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and meet new people. Lawn bowling clubs are located across the province, with one in just about every city or town. You can find lawn bowls near you by visiting the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association site at: https://www.olba.ca/club-locater.html

Pickleball – This is a net and ball game that’s similar to tennis, but played on a smaller court and at a slower pace. It has become very popular with the aging community in recent years. Pickleball Ontario has locations across the province and is also affiliated with the Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) who hosts tournaments. To find a place to play pickleball in Ontario, visit: http://pickleballontario.org/places-to-play/#/Action/Alpha/listingType/O/cid/1291/id/301/value/All

Pole walking – Also called Nordic walking, pole walking is a great activity for seniors, including those who may be a little unsteady on their feet. You walk at your own pace with specially designed poles that help you use your entire body. It’s a wonderful way to get out and enjoy nature and explore new places on your own or with others. You can search pole walking groups in your area on the Nordixx website at: https://www.nordixx.com/pole-walking-group/

This list barely scratches the surface of the many activities that seniors of all ages, fitness, and skill levels can get out and enjoy. Some other ideas: tai chi, yoga, dancing, nature walking/hiking… the list is endless!

David Porter, CPCA
Director

Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care

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