Have you noticed how, as the days get longer, and warmer, you feel better? Sunshine has a positive effect on your entire being. The warmth of the sun helps to bolster your mood, and the fresh air gives you an overall sense of feeling better.
Being outside in the daylight helps us to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D. The ‘sunshine’
vitamin, (Vitamin D) may protect against a host of ailments like osteoporosis, heart disease, cancers of the breast, colon, prostate and skin. Sunlight has other hidden benefits. It protects against insomnia, depression and an over active immune system.
Getting the elderly out in the sun can be challenging, but, worthwhile. Your loved one wants to feel the warmth of the sun on their face just as much as you do, making it a win-win situation. The sun literally warms the bones. Taking them for a walk, sitting in the garden, playing a game of cards at a table can change their mood and help them to feel better all the way around.
Besides being out in the direct sunlight, being able to be out of doors longer is a nice way to change up the scenery. Perhaps if you live in an assisted or 50+ community, having a meal together, playing games or enjoying a fire in fire pit is a great way to be more socially connected with those around you.
There are many ways to be more active when outside, so get outside! Soak up those rays of sunshine, you and your loved ones will be happier for it.