Spring is only a few days away! Have you started preparing? Of course, there's always some spring cleaning to worry about, but that's not the only way you and your aging loved one can prepare for warmer weather and more time outdoors! Ask your loved one what their favorite springtime activities were when they were younger. Recreating these pastimes is a great way to generate positive memories and happy feelings, as well as get your senior outdoors and active!

  • Walk down memory lane. Sit down and ask your aging loved ones what they looked forward to most about springtime. Perhaps your dad is a baseball fan? Take him out to a ballgame! Did your dad like to go fishing on the weekends? Take him to a local pond. What about mom? Maybe she liked to sit by the ocean and read a book. Take her to nearest beach and read together for an hour. Does your mom enjoy working with her hands? Why not plant a garden together? Plant beautiful flowers or make it a vegetable garden.
  • Make it happen. Start planning! Find local places that host senior activities. Try community centers or libraries. The more the merrier so get others involved.
  • Keep it up. Don't stop at one baseball game or fishing trip. Make it a weekly tradition for you and your aging loved ones. This is a great way to get out of the house, get fresh air and bond with your loved ones.

There is no better place to find outdoor activities than in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. With the large number of parks, beaches, recreation centers and senior centers, there is always something fun to do. Go fishing at the pond at Holmdel Park or cast off from the shore at the Manasquan Reservoir. If you live in Middlesex County, head over to Brainerd Lake in the picturesque town of Cranbury! If watching baseball is your idea of fun, take dad to a Blue Claw's game in Lakewood. You and your loved one will experience the thrill of the game without straying too far from home. If mom wants to relax, take a trip to one of Monmouth County's beautiful beaches. Head to

Seven President's Beach in Long Branch or the beach in the serene town of Spring Lake. Bring two chairs, a picnic lunch and two good books. If gardening is more your thing, visit Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown or the David C. Shaw Arberetum at Holmdel Park. Use what you learn there to start your own vegetable or flower garden.

For additional activities contact your local senior center. Almost every town in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties has one. Contact yours today and see what they have lined up for this spring. Help your senior find an outdoor activity that they truly enjoy and you will see a smile on their face, a sparkle in their eyes and , of course, a spring in their step.

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