Inclusive Senior Summer Fun for Different Mobility Levels
Memorial Day marks summer’s unofficial start. Planning vacations, celebrations for summer holidays, and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather lifts people’s spirits. Farmer’s markets are springing up with the season’s local bounty, national parks are presenting special events and programing, and botanical gardens and flower festivals will be in full bloom. It’s especially nice to plan special outings with a senior in mind. If they are in an assisted living community or other senior housing, getting them out for a day trip is a great idea. But if your loved one has limited mobility, it is sometimes challenging to include them in your outings due to the barriers they may encounter.
So how do you plan summer fun that is inclusive to different mobility levels? The logistics become even trickier when you include babies in strollers. With good organization and prior research your special days will be rewarding for all.
- Plan to go during less busy times – A farmer’s market; for instance, is usually busiest early in the morning with people wanting to get the best selections. If finding the biggest tomato isn’t a priority for your party, go a bit later.
- Find botanical gardens with adequate seating – Older adults (and children) tire quickly and those in wheelchairs and with mobility devices will need a spot to rest away from traffic. Most community gardens have plenty of benches and rest areas.
- Research national parks, monuments and theme parks for their accessibility – A quick perusal online will tell you how these places accommodate visitors with different mobility levels. Here are two examples:
Keep in mind that some places designated as historical preservation sites or landmarks are not always accessible. Due to the emphasis on preserving the historical significance, it is often a difficult and costly process to comply with ADA laws. Call ahead of check online for details.
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