Time to think spring

Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough
SAC’s Enrichment Center

There is just something so rejuvenating about spring. It does wonders for the soul, especially for seniors who have spent the majority of their winter being cooped up indoors. There are so many fun spring activities–both cognitive and physical–that can bring enrichment to anyone, regardless of age.

There are plenty of fun ways for seniors to get outside and enjoy the springtime weather. Spring is the perfect time to take a nature walk or bird watch. It’s also a perfect opportunity to do some spring cleaning and get rid of a few things around the house. Or head out for a special treat such as pie or an ice cream sundae. Get nostalgic and do activities you loved as a kid–kite flying, searching for four-leaf clovers, drawing pictures with sidewalk chalk, etc.

If you are reading this and thinking about some fun activities to do with a senior friend or relative, there are some important things to consider when deciding what spring activities to do:
–Are there any physical limitations? Even a short walk can be a challenge for someone who uses a walker or a cane.
–What do they want to do? Find out what their interests are. Spending time with someone in the way they want can be the greatest gift you can give them. It shows that you care and you value who they are and what they want.
–What are the time limits? Maybe the person you are with can only tolerate an activity for less time than you.

Be respectful of their needs and check frequently to be sure the activity is not too tiring.

The weather is nicer than it was just a few weeks ago and the snow is gone. Even though spring has just begun, it’s time to think spring and what fun activities spring brings with it.

Weekly Activities
Thursday, March 30:
Daily Special: Chili Dog/Salad/Chips.
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.
• Noon – “500” Cards.

Friday, March 31:
• 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Friday Morning Breakfast
• 10 a.m. – Footcare.
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Friday Lunch.

Monday, April 3:
Daily Special: Boiled Ham Dinner
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.
• 10:10 a.m. – Movie “Beauty in the Beast” – Meet at Movie Theater.
• 1 p.m. – Bridge.

Tuesday, April 4:
Daily Special: Meat Loaf
• 10 a.m. – Edward Jones “Coffee Talk.”
• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.
• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch.
• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, April 5:
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9:30 a.m. – Cribbage.
• 1 p.m. – Genealogy.

Thursday, April 6:
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.
• Noon – “500” Cards.

Events Happening at SAC’s:
• Newsletter should arrive in your mailbox by April 2.

• Wednesday, April 12: Spring Show at the Conservatory. Bus will leave by 9 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. We will stop and eat at a nice restaurant on the way home. Call ASAP for a seat on the bus. The spring show will include yellow and pink Tulips, Yellow Daffodils, Yellow Hyacinth and Yellow Crocus with a small percentage of White Hydrangeas. Hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, Calla, Bearded Iris, Allium, and Crocus will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic.

• Thursday, April 27: Midwest Country Music Theater, Branson on the Road. Ticket price $20. Showtime at 2 p.m. More information will be released next week.

Travels with Sandie:
• See Colorado by Rail, July 13 - 22. Colorado Rockies 10 day motor coach/train trip to the beautiful Colorado Rockies in mid-July. Savor every minute as we “ride the rails” on five separate Colorado trains. Highlights include Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge, Monument Valley, Durango, the Silver Dollar Highway and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Call for registration and pricing at 763-689-6555.

• There is still limited space on the 13-day trip to Norway Aug. 17-29. Call Sandie at 763-706-7562 for a brochure or with any questions.