There’s no denying that staying active keeps seniors healthy both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities that can provide opportunities for seniors to interact, learn new skills, sample local food, and stay active in Chicago. Here are a few ideas suggested by Chicago senior care agencies.
1. Farmers Markets
Seniors can find a wide selection of fresh fruits and veggies from the many local farmers markets that take place throughout the year. Some of the popular ones that will still be serving up locally grown goodies this fall include:
- Daley Plaza Farmers Market
When: Thursdays through October 27, 7am-3pm
Where: Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Street
- Lincoln Square Farmers Market
When: Tuesdays through October 26, 7am-1pm
Where: 2301 W. Leland Avenue
2. Exploring Local Art
Chicago seniors are invited to enjoy a day of programs and tours of the collections at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Lifelong Learning Program. The event also includes guest speakers and other engaging and mentally stimulating activities.
When: September 21, 9:30am-2:30pm
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Avenue
Info: Call (312) 857-7602
3. Walking Tours
A walking tour is a perfect opportunity for seniors to learn more about Chicago’s iconic architecture while getting some exercise. The First Sunday Historic Pullman Walking Tour includes a stroll through area streets that includes stories behind the buildings, an introductory video, and access to all exhibits.
When: October 2, 1:30pm-3pm
Where: Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center, 11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue
Cost: $7 for seniors
4. Gardening Tips
Seniors and their loved ones can learn some useful tips on everything from container gardening and edible flowers to watering and selecting the right tools at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Discovery Programs are tailored to meet all experience levels.
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
When: Discovery Programs continue through October 2; Wednesday through Friday 11am-3pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Info: Call (847) 835-5440
Home Care Assistance of Chicago believes that seniors benefit from staying socially active and maintaining some involvement with the community. Our highly trained Alzheimer’s, stroke, and dementia home caregivers in Chicago help local seniors stay physically and socially active despite their limitations. Call (847) 906-3991 today to speak with a friendly Care Manager, schedule a free consultation, and learn how our in-home care will benefit your loved one.