inspired by America the Beautiful, as performed by Ray Charles
Oh beautiful summer afternoon
Enjoying life outside
I love my home, and every room
Is perfectly my style
How fortunate, how wonderful
This place I can call mine
My life’s success is happiness
A joyful life defined.
Under normal circumstances, keeping fit, staying active, fighting stress, and enjoying good health might be a walk in the park. And while these are by no means normal times, a walk in the park – or by the river, in the mountains, or anywhere you are in touch with fresh air, sunshine, trees, and suburban wildlife like birds and squirrels – is as good for the psyche as it is for the body.
Father’s Day falls on the First Day of Summer – June 21 – which also happens to be the date of the Solar Eclipse. That trifecta is just begging for a memorable celebration!
With health and safety-distancing practices still in place, how does one celebrate in style? Bringing the party to the community and celebrating outdoors does the trick!
Bunco gatherings. Picnics. Walking for fitness. Movie-watching parties.
These are just a few of the activities that define the abundant lives of Active Adults who have found the homes and neighborhoods that they now call home.
Believe it or not, these activities are still possible, while maintaining physical-distancing guidelines that help maintain health-safety.
Doesn’t it sometimes seem that, as soon as you have time to focus on the things you’ve always dreamed of – reading, traveling, taking up a new hobby – that’s the time when you start having trouble with your vision?
(A Boomer Poem, inspired by Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1970)
I’ll make the tea
While you tend the flowers in the courtyard garden. Hey,
We’ll prepare a healthy meal, and sit on the front porch and
Wave at neighbors who pause in walks to chat with you and me.
The first day of summer doesn’t officially happen until the middle of June, but in the United States, Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally recognized as the beginning of the summer season.
Like everything else, folks are getting creative in order to both honor the memory of fallen veterans, as well as maintain physical-distancing guidelines to maintain health and honor the medical professionals and other essential workers.
Holidays and celebrations offer opportunities for creativity and embracing technology, too. And tech-savvy Active Adults (or those who have tech-savvy grandchildren) can learn how to video-chat with their families this Mother’s Day weekend, using a variety of free apps or communications platforms that have been used for years in the business world, but are gaining popularity for individuals amid the quest to stay connected while staying at home.
More than 12.6 million Active Adults (ages 55 and up) regularly participate in volunteer projects, in which they donate time, services, goods, and financial support, to organizations that are important to them.
If you were searching for a home in March, before “social-distancing” was a thing, or if you sold your house a month ago and started renting “while looking,” don’t fret – Active Adults are still able to purchase a luxury ranch home without risking their health.