4 2017 Jul

Summer Activities for Elderly Loved Ones

In the UK, our summer days can feel all too fleeting so it is always great to make the most of them where possible. If your loved one is living with a form of dementia it will be important to you to help them enjoy the sunshine and share some special times together. Here at Bridgewater Home Care we’ve come up with some fun suggestions of activities that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors, as well as the many positive benefits that each activity can bring into the life of a person living with a dementia.


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A gentle stroll.


If your loved one is feeling up to it, a gentle stroll in the countryside or a park can promote feelings of peacefulness and calm. Sitting on a bench together and looking at wildlife can be a joyful experience away from the pressures of home and focusing on what is happening right at that moment. Listening to the sounds of the birds in the trees, or perhaps feeding the ducks. This activity doesn’t need to be physically strenuous, you don’t need to go far and there are many wheelchair friendly parks and gardens. If you’d like to include some reminiscence into your activity, then visiting a much-loved place from the past may be a nice idea.




Do you know someone who loves gardening? Gardening is a fabulous multi-sensory activity that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. Many people living well with dementia enjoy getting their hands dirty and the texture of soil, as well as the simple joy of planting something to enjoy. Gardening offers a space to talk whilst planting or sowing a few seeds, and can be a time to connect with your loved one, focusing on a shared task. Gardening is proven to help us relax and lower stress levels, and this is no different for a person living with a dementia. It also helps with balance, coordination and can help to improve a person’s concentration span.


Outdoor Puzzles.


Who doesn’t love a puzzle? Getting a table out in the garden and sitting in the shade to complete a jigsaw or word game can add a whole new dimension to the experience. Puzzles are a mental workout, exercising the mind and keeping it as active as possible. Jigsaws and other activities involving fine motor skills also help with dexterity. Completing a puzzle can bring feelings of satisfaction, happiness and joy to everyone. It doesn’t matter if an activity is done as a team effort if the person the activity is for feels a sense of achievement upon completion!




This is our favourite, there is something so lovely about eating outdoors and here in Britain we don’t get many months where this is possible! There are many therapeutic opportunities around making and enjoying a picnic for a loved one living with dementia. Preparing food together is a great activity, you can start by creating a list of what you’d like to eat and thinking about the ingredients you may need. This can be very simple, a ham sandwich for example or you can go for something more complex, depending on what feels right for your loved one and their stage of dementia. You can peel vegetables or put icing on biscuits; the list is endless. Could you make something that may encourage memories of the past? Making and sharing food has so many social benefits as well as stimulating the senses with different tastes and smells.

It is important to remember that the main goal in providing an activity for a loved one is enjoyment. Whilst adventures are lovely all our suggested summer activities can be enjoyed either in your garden or on your doorstep, there is no need to travel a long way or put yourself or your loved one under any stress or pressure to have fun. The most important thing is spending time together and enjoying the sunshine!




Bridgewater Home Care provide a wide variety of services to help people live independently and improve their general well-being. If you would like to find out more about our services or would just like to chat about how we may be able to help your loved one then please get in touch with us today on 01942 215 888 or email,