By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com Contributing Editor
Enjoying a breezy spring day or the warm summer temperatures can lift the spirit and make you feel lighter, happier and less stressed. After being cooped up in the house for possibly months at a time, take advantage of the weather: breathe in the fresh air. For older people who have mobility problems, outdoor activities may take some advance planning – but the benefits of getting out of the house and into the sunshine far outweigh any inconvenience.
The benefits of getting outside
A main advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up the sunlight, which generates Vitamin D – necessary for the brain, bones and muscle function, says Dr. Michael Raab, a geriatrician with Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla. Some doctors even prescribe sunlight as a source of Vitamin D, which research also finds can improve cognitive function. Raab adds: “Whatever you can do, it’s going to be mentally uplifting.”
How Elders and Caregivers Can Take Advantage of Summer Weather originally appeared on AgingCare.com.
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