For older people living in Southeastern Massachusetts, springtime is a refreshing time of year punctuated by bright flowers, fresh air and warmer temperatures. That much-anticipated time of year also ushers in a plethora of spring activities for seniors, including many found within an hour’s drive of Middleboro.
If you’re serving as a family caregiver for an aging in place loved one, keeping them more active in spring will certainly benefit their health and wellbeing. To make that happen, here are 5 fun spring activities for seniors the two of you can enjoy together.
1. Visit Nantucket Island
Located approximately 75 miles from Middleboro by car and ferry ride, Nantucket Island is a beautiful place to visit most times of the year. But in the springtime, the island holds these two events that seniors in particular seem to enjoy:
Wine & Food Festival (May 18-22). Popular for over 20 years now, this festival brings together a “who’s who” of distinguished chefs and winemakers from all over the world for several days of food and wine tastings, delicious meals and educational seminars.
Nantucket Book Festival (June 17-19). During this 3-day gathering, well-known authors give presentations and answer questions about their latest literary works.
2. Explore Oliver Mill Park
Located on the estate of 18th-Century judge and influential businessman Peter Oliver, and within minutes of downtown Middleboro, Oliver Mill Park is one of the most important industrial archeological sites in all Southeastern Massachusetts. It’s also a very picturesque spot, making it the ideal setting for a picnic or springtime walk.
Your senior might also enjoy exploring the remains of the 10,000-year-old Native American settlements found around Oliver Mill Park, or watching from the shore of the Nemasket River as thousands of herring swim by to spawn in the Assawompset pond complex.
3. Experience Cape Cod Maritime Days
For Middleboro-area seniors who love the ocean and don’t mind a one-hour car ride, Cape Cod hosts its annual Maritime Days from May 1st through 31st. This month-long extravaganza includes guided lighthouse tours, walking tours, nautical art exhibits, an annual Maritime History Symposium hosted by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and many other nautical-themed activities for people of all ages.
Maritime Days also features four self-guided tours for which you can download itineraries on your mobile device. Each contains its own unique blend of historical, architectural and scenic sites that can be accessed by foot, car or boat.
4. Enjoy Massasoit State Park
Open from sunrise to sunset, local Massasoit State Park provides a peaceful setting for many outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, bicycling, boating (non-motorized), camping, canoeing and kayaking. The park is full of fish ponds for older anglers who want to try their luck, and free parking is available.
There are also a lot of cranberry bogs along its hiking trails that create a breathtaking contrast against the pine trees, notably in the fall. If your senior enjoys camping, the densely forested campground at Massasoit provides the perfect backdrop for swimming, canoeing, hiking and fishing.
5. Play Some Golf
Another fun way to take in some sunshine and fresh air on a warm spring day is by playing a round of golf with your senior. There are five public courses located within 15 miles of Middleboro, which are:
- Lakeville Country Club in Lakeville (18 holes)
- Heritage Hill Country Club, also located in Lakeville (18 holes)
- John F. Parker Municipal Golf Course in Taunton (9 holes)
- Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet (18 holes)
- Marion Golf Club in Marion (9 holes)
We Help At-Home Seniors in Massachusetts Stay Active
Finding spring activities for seniors can be hard when you lack the time or live too far away. When you need a hand, call Cranberry Home Care. As a family owned and operated agency, we fully understand the importance of keeping seniors active so they can continue aging comfortably in place right where they want to be. Our fully licensed and carefully screened caregivers enjoy keeping seniors entertained, starting with transporting them where they want to go.
While in the home, our highly trained aides can also perform duties like light housekeeping, personal hygiene, meal preparation, medication reminders and companionship. And, all our family trusted services can be flexibly tailored in an affordable package that will restore your peace-of-mind. To schedule a FREE, in-home care consultation for a senior in Southeastern Massachusetts, please visit Cranberry Home Care now at: www.cranberryhomecare.com!