It might seem as though a trip to the zoo or even the aquarium for your elderly father is too much. After all, many people feel these trips may not be practical for adults who receive some type of senior care. June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, but don’t dismiss any such potential trip to one of these destinations out of hand. There are many reasons why this could be a great senior care activity and provide mental and physical health benefits for your elderly father.
These types of outings can help your father get exercise which is essential, regardless of his age. Most doctors recommend that seniors get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. This can be in the form of calisthenics, yoga, going for a brisk walk, and many other things. Going to the zoo will usually require people to walk around, different distances in some situations. That could be an opportunity for your father to get the physical exercise he needs, but to do so in a fun and exciting way.
If your father hasn’t been to the zoo in a long time, he could actually learn a great deal about various animals, habitats, cultures, and more from a trip like this. That can offer him mental stimulation that can help to stave off memory loss, reduce the risk of developing some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and much more.
Getting out and away from the house can also provide emotional benefits as spending too much time inside one’s home can increase the risk of depression, feelings of isolation, and loneliness.
Even though it may seem like this is a type of trip that isn’t necessary for elderly individuals, especially if they’re not traveling with their family, don’t dismiss it out of hand. There are many wonderful benefits to visiting the zoo or an aquarium this year.
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