9 May Activities for Seniors: Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors
The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors!
Spending time outside can be extremely beneficial for physical and mental health, and this is especially true for older adults. According to Healthline, spending time outside has been proven to lower the risk of respiratory concerns, improve sleep quality, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Read on for a variety of fun activities for seniors in May that can be beneficial for their well-being.
Fun May Activities for Seniors
Here are a handful of May activity ideas for seniors. They span everything from physical pursuits to fun, social activities. But, as you’ll see, all of these activity ideas for seniors in May are meant to be enjoyed outdoors!
1. Bird Watching
The National Audubon Society highlights that Minnesota is a birder’s paradise, especially from spring to fall. As the weather warms up, residents can enjoy watching the spring migration of many species or try their luck spotting nesting boreal birds.
This type of activity is great for enjoying the outdoors and getting some physical activity. With so many birding hotspots to choose from, seniors will never run out of places to visit or species to spot. Some favorite spots around the Twin Cities include the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Roberts Bird Sanctuary, and the Eloise Butler Wildflower and Bird Refuge just to name a few.
2. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
April showers bring May flowers! And there’s no better place to take in the stunning blooms than the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. You’re never too young or too old to appreciate vibrant spring flowers like tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and more.
The seasonal walking trails are also perfect for a leisurely walk with friends. For those who may be using wheelchairs or walkers, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum also features plenty of gently sloped paved trails, making this a great destination for all that love nature.
3. Fishing on Lake Riley
Warmer weather brings nature to life in Minnesota. Lake Riley is a popular fishing destination for a variety of fish including Carp, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, and more. Seniors can enjoy casting their line and viewing the scenery.
Mini-golf is an excellent activity for older adults because it’s an opportunity for social interaction and also helps with skills like hand-eye coordination and balance. It’s also an incredibly accessible activity—individuals in wheelchairs can also play on certain courses!
King Park in Lakeville offers a simple 9-hole course where every single hole is ADA accessible. K&A Mini Golf is another popular option in Cambridge that’s a completely ADA-certified mini golf course that is wheelchair accessible for those with mobility needs.
5. Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi
There’s no better way to soak up a sunny day than on the water. A riverboat cruise on the Mississippi is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to take in the sights while socializing with friends or family members.
6. Outdoor Photography
Many popular May activities for seniors involve a leisurely walk outdoors, and this is no different. Photography can make outdoor experiences more engaging and meaningful for seniors.
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to snap pictures of your favorite things. Encourage seniors to take pictures on their phones or invest in some disposable cameras or Polaroids for them to use on their walks. Once their pictures are developed, they can use them to create unique arts and crafts!
From birds and flowers to landscape and outdoor portraits, there are countless opportunities for seniors to explore the world of outdoor photography.
7. Picnic in the Park
Enjoying a meal outdoors is not only a nice change of scenery, but it can also help seniors experience some of the benefits of spending time outside. Having a picnic in a local park or greenspace is a fun way to socialize and take in the outdoors while sharing nutritious food.
8. Outdoor Exercise Classes
There are a variety of activities to choose from that can help seniors get moving outdoors—and we’re not just talking about your typical walk! Tai Chi, pilates, and yoga are just some examples of gentle outdoor exercises that are ideal for older adults of all abilities.
The best part about these exercises is that they also promote mindfulness and meditative breathing that contribute to overall wellness.
For seniors seeking a low-impact outdoor activity that’s also rewarding, gardening is a popular option, and for good reason. Raised garden beds are easily accessible and the act of planting, pruning, and picking provides a perfect sensory experience for seniors.
At The Moments, we encourage our residents to enjoy Jane’s Garden, a lovely space to take a tranquil stroll or sit and relax amongst beautiful flowers and the resident-tended fresh herbs and organic vegetables, some of which may show up at mealtime in the dining room!
Now that you have inspiration for your May activity calendar, take a minute to learn more about the resident experience at The Moments. Our Adventure Club is one of our most popular life enrichment offerings and gives residents numerous opportunities to explore, connect, relax, learn, and have fun.