The lazy, humid days of late summer are upon us. The kids are heading back to school, and grocery stores began stocking pumpkins a month ago (even though the thermometer has regularly shown temperatures in the 90s). Naperville, Illinois, has at least a month of warm weather remaining, and another month or two of comfortable, breezy fall days.
Warmer temperatures offer the perfect chance to make new friends, get moving, or take up a new hobby. Busy summers don’t just feel good. They’re also good for you. Staying physically active improves almost every measure of health, from blood pressure to body weight. It can even help you live longer. Seniors who remain socially connected and engaged remain healthier for longer, and may even lower their risk of dementia. So get moving and get busy. Here are five ways to make the most of the beautiful weather before winter storms hit.
Head to the Park
Naperville’s public parks offer plenty of opportunities to walk, run, and explore nature. There are also several excellent senior programs. Join a senior tai chi group or take a trip with other seniors. Upcoming excursions include a planetarium trip, a brunch cruise, and a viewing of Beauty and the Beast. If you prefer quiet indoor fun, Naperville’s park system still has you covered. Join a bridge group and play cards even when the weather gets cold.
Chicago is about an hour away from Naperville, making the Windy City the perfect daytrip stop. Chicago has several excellent senior centers that offer a wide range of activities and special trips. For summer fun Chicago style, head to one of Chicago’s lakefront beaches. If city life is more your speed, spend the day touring Downtown Chicago, and don’t forget to stop at Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
Tend to Your Garden
There’s still plenty of time to plant a summer garden. Indeed, now’s a great time to plant fall veggies like broccoli, arugula, squash, and lettuces. If you love flowers, dahlias are a great late-summer plant that will continue to provide color until the first freeze. Succulents are also a great bet because you can bring them in during the winter. Can’t stand the thought of watching your garden die when the weather gets cold? You can grow spring and summer bulb plants indoors with a bit of work. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers classes on this and other gardening topics so you can have a stunning garden year-round.
Enjoy Outdoor Festivals
Late summer offers many great outdoor festivals. Enjoy art in the park at the Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. Check out the Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling and Labor Day Parade. Or attend the last few Naperville Nights performances at Naper Settlement.
Get in the Water
Hot summer days can be a deterrent to spending time outside, especially for seniors who hate the heat. Stay active and enjoy outdoor time by taking a dip in the water. Centennial Beach, Naperville’s beloved swimming hole, is a great place to have a picnic and enjoy its cool waters. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly fun, head to a splash pad. For a shot of adrenaline and a little more adventure, spend the day sliding and splashing at Raging Waves or Sea Lion Aquatic Park.
Arbor Terrace Naperville offers year-round events, from special outdoor activities to indoor fun when the weather turns frigid. Our welcoming senior living community supports your efforts to map out the retirement of your dreams. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all retirements. Instead, we craft individual solutions to individual retirement challenges. To learn more about how we can help you live your best retirement life, give us a call. Or for a little summer fun, check out one of our upcoming events.