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Enjoy fun with neighbors in our resident-led activities or a community celebration hosted by our team. There's always something to do or keep busy with at The Fields at Arbor Glen.

Imagine life at The Fields at Arbor Glen. It is Saturday morning and you are enjoying a cup of coffee from your rocking chair on the patio of your new home. Your grandkids are playing in the nearby bocce ball courts and there is a friendly game of pickleball being played with friends. Feel the warm morning sun on your face as you engage in Tai Chi in the garden. Smell the food cooking on the community grill and feel the excitement of people headed over to the neighborhood potluck. Hear the sweet sounds of a harpist, pianist, or singers during special afternoon concerts as you listen with friends and family from the comfort of your new home.

Learn a new hobby or join that “group” you have been meaning to join. Meet people with similar interests and a zest for life just steps away from your front door. Grab a friend and take a boat cruise down the beautiful St. Croix River. Or pack a picnic and take an afternoon bike ride on one of our beautiful trails. Feel the comfort and warm welcome from the people of Lake Elmo as they greet you on your afternoon walks around The Fields at Arbor Glen and our nearby trail system.

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The Best Outdoor Activities for Seniors

The best part about living in Minnesota is the summertime. Summer opens up a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy by yourself or with others. Whether it’s simply sitting outside and safely enjoying the sun, adventuring in nature, or getting some gentle exercise, summer offers a plethora of opportunities for seniors to engage in fulfilling activities. Here are a few of the best outdoor activities for seniors:

1. Gentle Nature Walks

Summer bring forth a tapestry of colors and scents in parks, gardens, and nature reserves. Seniors can indulge in leisurely strolls along well-maintained paths, taking in the sights of blooming flowers, chirping birds, and tranquil ponds. Many botanical gardens and arboretums provide benches for resting, making it easier for seniors to pace themselves and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.

2. Picnics in the Park

Picnicking is a timeless outdoor activity that seniors can savor with family and friends. Packing a picnic basket with favorite snacks and finding a shady spot under a tree or by a lake offers a perfect opportunity to relax, chat, and enjoy a meal surrounded by nature's splendor. For added comfort, consider bringing along folding chairs or a picnic blanket.

3. Outdoor Yoga and Gentle Stretching

Summer provides ideal weather for practicing gentle exercises like yoga or stretching outdoors. Many community centers, parks, and senior centers offer outdoor classes specifically designed for older adults. These exercises promote flexibility, balance, and mindfulness, all while breathing in fresh air and enjoying the natural ambiance.

4. Gardening Therapy

For seniors with a green thumb, gardening can be both therapeutic and rewarding. Whether it's tending to a small balcony garden, cultivating a community plot, or simply potting plants, gardening allows seniors to connect with nature, engage in light physical activity, and enjoy the satisfaction of nurturing living things.

5. Bird watching

Bird watching is a peaceful activity that seniors can enjoy almost anywhere outdoors. Parks, nature reserves, and even urban green spaces often teem with a variety of bird species during summer. All that's needed is a pair of binoculars and perhaps a bird guidebook or smart phone app to identify the feathered visitors.

6. Outdoor Concerts and Cultural Events

Many communities host outdoor concerts, art festivals, and cultural events during summer. Seniors can relish live music performances, art displays, or theater productions in open-air settings. These events often provide seating options and accessible facilities to accommodate older adults. Check your city's website or senior center for options.

7. Utilize Insect Repellent

Insect repellent is particularly important for aging adults and those with vulnerable immune systems to help avoid unpleasant insect bites and the potential transmission of diseases. Seniors may have weakened immune systems or slower healing processes, making them more susceptible to the health risks posed by insect bites. This simple precaution can make your outdoor adventures that much more enjoyable (and safe!)

Important Safety Tips for Enjoying Outdoor Activities:

Stay Hydrated: Carry water and drink it consistently, especially on warmer days.

Sun Protection: Wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect against UV rays.

Comfortable Clothing: Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes suitable for long walks or standing.

Buddy System: Enjoy outdoor activities with friends, family, or in organized groups for added safety and companionship.

Respect Limits: Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Pace yourself so you can fully enjoy the experience without overexertion.

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