The zoo is a family-friendly place where you can enjoy the great outdoors, and bond with your loved ones, while at the same time, getting the exercise and mental stimulation you need. Not only that but animals can also help us to feel mentally and emotionally happy which is beneficial to avoiding depression symptoms. If you are looking for seniors’ activity ideas, here is why the zoo is a great activity!
Improves Your Health
According to studies, there is a relation between a trip to the zoo and decreased blood pressure. When you visit the zoo, you will be interacting with animals that can help put you in a happier and more relaxed mood. Not only that but visiting the zoo means walking around which is good exercise for you. If you plan a zoo trip with your loved ones, it can also help boost your social interactions as well as bond with them. This way, it decreases your risk of developing depression symptoms as you are around people who love and care about you.
Reminisce Childhood Memories
As an aging adult, it might be hard for you to remember your childhood memories, especially if you suffer from Alzheimer’s or other memory-related conditions. By going to the zoo, the environment can help to trigger some happy childhood memories which can help boost your spirits.
Get Fresh Air
For those who suffer from mobility issues, it may be tough for you to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the fresh air. Luckily, some zoos offer mobility devices that can help you to get around the zoo with ease. There are also ramps for those using a wheelchair. Through this accessibility, you can now enjoy the zoo trip and meet new people while experiencing a change in the environment which can help you get the fresh air you need.
Stimulates the Mind
As we age, we tend to forget that our brain still needs mental stimulation to keep us focused. At the zoo, you can learn new information about different animals and its habitat which can be extremely beneficial to the brain. This new piece of information and experience will excite the mind by increasing neuronal activity in the brain.
Great Source of Exercise
As we know, zoos are usually large and require loads of walking. Luckily, walking for more than 30 minutes can be a great source of exercise, especially for those who do not exercise often. Going from one animal exhibit to another can provide you with the daily exercise you require. However, as zoos are huge, it is wise to see a doctor to confirm that you are healthy enough for strolling through the zoo.
About Independent Living at TerraBella Riverplace
You can experience maintenance-free senior living in our independent living community. Here, you can take advantage of our high-quality amenities and exclusive senior living programs while living like you are on a vacation! When you are out and about exploring, our dedicated team will take care of your home for you. To learn more, contact us today!