Summer Activities for the Elderly

Active SeniorFor many people, the summer months are a perfect time for tennis, soccer and tackle football with their friends. The weather is outstanding, the sun is shining and all over the world people are in the best of moods. However, for the older folks, rigorous activities such as these can be dangerous depending on the amount of contact.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to get outside and enjoy a glorious summer day without having to risk a hip or knee injury. So, if you’re getting a little older, or simply looking for something to do with an elderly friend, here are a few ways to not only bask in the summertime, but also break a sweat safely.


Anyone that’s ever had the pleasure of riding a bike knows of the joys it can bring to their life. It’s great exercise, promoting improved cardiovascular strength, and for those with some extra gusto, a cost-effective way to get to and from work. Although commuting presents its fair share of dangers, a leisurely jaunt several times a week can do wonders for your health.

  • Like many other cardiovascular activities, cycling is a great way to curb feelings of depression, anxiety and restlessness, all the while bettering overall heart health.
  • Since cycling involves really smooth, even movements, it doesn’t strain your muscles and joints as much as running would, thus preserving bone strength.
  • Aside from the obvious health benefits, the cycling community is both supportive and ever-growing, creating countless opportunities to meet people and indulge your social skills.

Frisbee Golf

Another excellent summer activity for seniors is Frisbee golf. Otherwise known as frolf, this particular sport originated in Canada in the early 1920s and has exploded over the last few years all over the world. It requires not only a great deal of concentration and precision, but also a quick wrist, and if you like a little bit of competition, there’s plenty of that as well!

  • As of August 2009, the Professional Disc Golf Association established a Senior Committee to encourage and welcome more seniors into the sport. The committee, run by Don Dillon, has worked since then to draw in more and more elderly participants into their ranks and hope to continue that forevermore.
  • Unlike regular golf, Frisbee golf requires much less strain on your back and other muscles, making it easier to play and hone your craft for hours and hours at a time.
  • And if you’re someone with limited mobility, you can rest easy knowing that Frisbee golf can be played from the safety of a wheelchair, walker or any other mobility assist device.


From a fitness standpoint, it should come as no surprise that swimming is one of the best things for you. It’s essentially a full body workout, incorporating almost every single muscle in your body. However, unlike many other sports, there’s little to no bodily stress involved, making it a fantastic summer activity for seniors or anyone else eager to jump in the pool.

  • For those struggling with coronary heart disease, palpitations or any other kind of heart problem, swimming can significantly beef up your ticker, and in turn, add a few more years to your life.
  • If you have onset arthritis, or you have been at risk of Osteoporosis at some point in your lifetime, swimming can help you combat those afflictions while improving overall bone density.
  • Also, if it’s increased muscle definition you’re after, a few hours in the pool every day is an excellent way to put on some mass without having to hit the gym and lift gratuitous amounts of weight.

As you can see, fun in the sun doesn’t have to result in swollen joints or sore muscles. Although grass stains and scraped knees are often the perfect accessory to a summer well spent, there are still plenty of awesome times to be had without having to risk an injury.

Defying The Odds – Aging After 50 Years Old

This is a very inspirational info graphic on aging. It provides some very interesting facts on a selection of inspirational athletes over the age of 50 who are going the extra mile when it comes to fitness. Thanks to for sharing with us!

Aging Infographic

Aging with intention: Breathing & Stress Relief

aging and stressI recently read a blog post on the American Society on Aging website that discussed the benefits of being “mindful” as we age.

What does being mindful about aging mean?

I think it will mean different things for different people. Over the next several months we plan to write entries that address being mindful and aging with intention. We’re pretty sure this is not new information for you, but rather a reminder or a new opportunity to stretch your ideas about what aging will look like for you.

Does this sound like I am grasping and re-addressing the 70’s? Actually the benefits of such practices as deep breathing and meditation are traced back to more than 2,500 years to the East… proving the efficacy and popularity of yoga and, even meditation, today.

As care givers and as patients, we benefit from taking the time for self-care. One of my favorite people also told me that just the simple act of taking five slow, deep breathes can actually ease feeling of anxiety in a matter of minutes. She’s right, you should consider trying it yourself, next time you are feeling stress or anxious about aging or caregiving.

You can practice deep breathing and meditation to experience real and measurable benefits. Start with these easy steps as outlined in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy by Segal, Williams and Teasdale (New York: Guilford Press, 2002):

3-Minute Basic Breathing Exercise

  • First minute: Awareness. Observe—bring the focus of awareness to your inner experience and notice what is happening in your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Describe, acknowledge, identify—put experiences into words.
  • Second minute: Redirecting attention. Gently redirect your full attention to your breath. Follow your breath all the way in and all the way out.
  • Third minute: Expanding attention. Allow your attention to expand to the whole body—especially to any sense of discomfort, tension or resistance.

Try this in the comfort of where ever you may be reading this blog post. No need for an “Om” or a candle, or even a yoga studio. Increase your health and wellness today! I guess what’s old is really new—again. Or at least new for us.

Detroit Economic Club & Health Care News

Larry MerloI attended the Detroit Economic Club luncheon with Larry Merlo, the President & CEO of CVS Caremark Corporation. It was such a great event in The D! The information presented, the venue – the historic Book Cadillac Hotel was lovely and the networking was superb. I will attend more as many interesting and influential attendees were present.

Merlo spoke about these important health care topics:

  • Affordable Care Act influence on healthcare
  • Recent and disruptive choice to discontinue selling tobacco products
  • His original training as pharmacist and the influence it has on his decision-making for the company
  • Future of pharmacists that may include pharmacist at bedside when patients are discharged from hospitals
  • Actual home visits by pharmacists

Here is a small video snippet of the his talk.

I learned a lot and made a few great connections where I can learn even more. It was a great event!

Making A Difference at TCH Show on BCTV

I was really honored to tape a show at BCTV last week.  Please watch the “Making a Difference at TCH”  Show where we talk about practicing your pitch as a business owner.

Practice Your Pitch Recap from Bloomfield Township 2 on Vimeo.

Or watch via the link here.