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Summer Activities for Seniors

Summer is a great time of year to get outside, reconnect with friends and visit with family. There are numerous ways to engage in various activities in the community during this time of year. Here's some inspiration for your summer bucket list.

Explore a New Area of Your Town

Situated on the edge of town, Salina Presbyterian Manor keeps you close to all the city's parks, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. If you often visit the same places, consider exploring new locations this summer, such as a different neighborhood or a new store. Watch the calendar for special summer events, such as the Smoky Hill River Festival. You might be surprised how much there is to explore in town. 

Go on a Day Trip

Do you feel like you've done everything in Salina? Consider packing up your car and taking a day trip to a nearby destination. Summer is the perfect season for a road trip with friends or to visit family. 

Wichita is a short drive to a larger city with more entertainment options. Highlights include Exploration Place, the Wichita Art Museum and the Kansas Aviation Museum. If you're up for a longer drive, consider visiting Kansas City for the day or staying overnight in a hotel. The Kansas City metro area overflows with activities for all interests, from shopping at IKEA to exploring history at a wide variety of museums. 

Build a Birdhouse

The summer season is the best time to witness nature's beauty. Encourage feathered visitors by building a birdhouse. You have a couple options: build it from scratch to showcase your personality, or purchase a pre-made kit. Display it indoors for a cheerful decoration or place it outdoors to welcome birds to your space. 

Take a Walk Outside

Walking is an excellent form of exercise for seniors, as it's low-impact and easy on the joints. Walking at a comfortable pace increases your heart rate without overdoing it. In the warmer months, you might see flowers, butterflies, birds and more. It's also a great way to get out and meet your neighbors.

Our residents don't have to leave the campus to find good walking spots. The Ralph Rietz Memorial Park on the Salina Presbyterian campus offers a walking path and a pavilion where you can take a break. Bring your fishing pole along to the park to enjoy the stocked fishing pond. You can also get your steps in as you visit different on-site amenities, including the country store, library and chapel. 

Enjoy a Local Jazz Night

Live music is a popular summer activity for people of all ages. Watch for jazz nights or wait for a musical event that caters to your preferred genre. The Smoky Hill River Festival features all types of music, including jazz, country, blues and classical, providing a diverse musical experience. Our activity calendar keeps residents informed of outings to the Salina Symphony and music-related activities, along with a variety of other opportunities for engagement.

Start a Garden

Get your hands dirty with a garden this summer. It's a rewarding hobby that keeps you busy throughout the season. Grow your favorite vegetables for fresh, healthy snacks, or plant flowers for a pop of color. If you don't have space for an in-ground garden, consider growing a container garden. Many vegetables and flowers grow well in pots. You can also build an indoor herb garden to enhance the flavor of your dishes.

Volunteer at a Local Organization

Volunteering can be a rewarding way to spend your summer days. Look for local organizations with missions you want to support. Charitable organizations need a wide range of volunteer help, such as handling office work, organizing events and working directly with the people they serve. Your summer volunteering position could turn into a year-round activity that allows you to give back to the community. 

Have a Picnic at a Local Park

Take advantage of sunny summer days by preparing a picnic to enjoy at a local park. Indian Rock Park has nature trails and fishing, while Meadowland Park offers a nature area to explore. Several of the city parks feature grills so you can cook burgers or other summer favorites. If your grandchildren are visiting, choose a park with a playground for added fun.

Start a Book Club

You don't have to go far to find summer entertainment. Starting a book club that you host in your Independent Living apartment fosters social connections and mental stimulation. You can create a book club that focuses on a particular genre, such as spirituality or non-fiction, or one that includes a diverse range of reading material. Enjoy snacks and conversation about the books while beating the heat indoors. 

If you don't want to create a book club, look for one that's already established. Our residents attend Book Reading events at Salina, and our community also offers a weekly Bible study.

Visit a Museum

Visiting a museum is another way to beat the summer heat. You can learn about a variety of topics at museums while enjoying the air conditioning. Plus, walking through the exhibits helps you stay active year-round in a fun, engaging way.

Several museum options exist in and near Salina. Try one of these options:

  • Smoky Hill Museum
  • The Garage
  • St. John's Military School Historical Museum
  • Yesteryear Museum
  • Salina Art Center

Many museums also offer discounted ticket rates for seniors. If you find a museum you love and want to visit multiple times, you might consider purchasing an annual membership. 

Enjoy Summer at Salina

Soak up the summer fun at Salina Presbyterian Manor! Check out our activities going on around the community to get a feel for what our residents enjoy each day. Contact our community at 785-825-1366 to learn more or schedule a tour.

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