Senior Citizen Summer; Activities & Tips to Enjoy the Season

  Summer is here; bring on the sunshine, warm breezes, and cool drinks! Though, for many seniors, the majority of the summer may be spent indoors in their home in an attempt to avoid the heat. It’s true, as we get older, we are more sensitive to the sunny season’s heat. Even more so for those whose medications make them more sensitive to the sun. However,  that doesn’t mean that seniors should stay at home. There are ample ways and opportunities for senior citizens to enjoy summer time in Dubuque. Use these tips and senior friendly activity list to ensure your summer is as fun as it is sunny.

4 Tips To Stay Cool

If you are going to be out and about or in the sun, make sure to follow these simple rules to feel as comfortable as possible:
  1. Hydrate- People over 60 years old are more susceptible to dehydration,  especially if taking certain medications. Always have a water bottle with you.
  2.  Dress appropriately- Wear loose and breathable clothing for the heat to escape from your body. Also, remember that light colors reflect the sun and don’t absorb heat. And, of course, wear a hat if in the sun.
  3. Avoid very hot food
  4. Avoid Direct Sunlight- We are not saying that you should jump from shadow to shadow here. Simply find shade when you can and avoid direct sunlight for longer amounts of time.

Outdoor Activities to Try

  • Farmers Market– every Saturday from 7am-12pm  (May-October), you can enjoy browsing produce and items grown/produced/crafted locally!
  • Take a Walk- walking provides so many benefits for seniors, and there are a number of great places in Dubuque to try.
  • Picnic- pack a light meal and enjoy it in the great outdoors. Also, throw in a deck of cards to play. There are a number of parks to choose from. Visit the City of Dubuque parks page for locations.
  • Outdoor concert- every Sunday evening at 6:30 in June, July, and August, you can enjoy free live music in the beautiful Dubuque Arboretum. Listen to a variety of musical genres such as jazz, classical, show choir, country, swing, and more!For a full list of Arboretum events, visit their event page.  The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will also participate, starting with a free June 25th outdoor concert.
  • Swim- Flora pool and Sutton pool both offer senior discounts ($2 admission) and adult swim/water walking hours. Both pools hold a Water Walkers Appreciation Week in August, where they have extended adult swim hours from open to 1:00 pm.
  • Boat Ride- Enjoy a lunch, happy hour, or dinner cruise on the Mississippi! The American Lady offers a number of different options to be out on the river while under constant shade.
  • Enjoy a tour- The Dubuque Arboretum offers free riding tours of the grounds on their golf carts! For a map of the grounds, click here.  Or, be a tourist in your own town! Take a street car tour and tour five historical districts in Dubuque. Daily carriages are available May-October; noon-5pm.

Indoor Activities to Try

Let’s face it, some days it is just too darn hot or humid to be outside. Luckily, there are indoor options for summer activities as well.
  • The Hills & Dales Senior/Lifetime Center offers a variety of activities, social events, and health/wellness programs. Some examples include wood carving, card clubs, yoga, sewing, Swedish weaving, Wii bowling, and more. Also, they serve a lunch daily Monday-Friday for just $4. You can find activities weekly in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald or a calendar of events for the month on their website (linked above).
  • Museums- The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium offers special featured exhibits as well as their everyday attractions. Plus, there is a senior discount, so take advantage of that!
  • Dance- The Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center offers a number of events such as line dancing, ballroom dancing, square dancing, etc. Check the link for a list of events for the month!
  • Try a new recipe- Taste summer with a new seasonal recipe!
  • The Carnegie-Stout Public Library-
    • Adult Book Club- Meets on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 pm. You can check out a copy of the featured book a month prior to the meeting. The next meeting is on July 11th to discuss The Butterfly Mosque.
    • Movie Night- The library will show a movie for adults at 6:00 on June 15th, July 19th, and August 17th. Admission and snacks are free! You can find what the featured movie will be here.
    • The library will also sometimes have a featured author on site for a book signing, and other special visitors, events, and activities. Check the events calendar page to see what is up and coming.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure they are things that are mentally and physically pleasing. Everyone is different, so do what is right for you. Start your summer activities list today!