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Creative Ways to Beat the Summer Heat!

The summer is a terrific time to vacation, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy the sunny weather! However, once the July heat and humidity sets in, we are often struggling and desperate for some relief! We are fortunate that, even in the summer heat, there are endless activity options for older adults! So approach the heat as an opportunity to try something new or encourage a loved one to do the same.

Try some indoor classes such as water aerobics, pickleball, or enjoy a relaxing swim in a lap pool. Tai Chi, pilates, and yoga are also terrific exercise options for older adults that have long-term health benefits. These types of activities are especially beneficial since they are easy on their joints and help with flexibility and strengthening for maintaining mobility. Many community centers, Shepherd's Centers, or private health clubs offer a great deal of indoor classes and are a cost-effective way to cool off and remain active. Otherwise there are some amazing online virtual programs that can still be fun and engaging!

If exercise is not your thing, perhaps plan a visit to one of the local museum programs. If residing in the DC Metro are the International Spy Museum, The Newseum, and The National Museum of the American Indian have fun and interactive exhibits, guided tours, and programs. The Smithsonian has ever changing programs and the butterfly pavilion is a terrific way to relax. The Kennedy Center has year round programs for older adults that can be accessed online and some onsite free of charge. The National Portrait Gallery offers public walk-in Highlights tours led by volunteer docents at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Other scheduyledtours can be done online or in person. Try a local theater program, art exhibit, winery, comedy night, Karaoke night, Bingo event, or evening concert series, picnic in the shade, or local festival when it is a cooler time of the day!

If you enjoy history arrange for a day trip to Mt. Vernon or a weekend in Williamsburg to take in the sights and sounds of the past many of which can be enjoyed indoors and in the evening. The historic Williamsburg Inn is conveniently located at the center of it all and has exceptional dining, an onsite spa, and other activities and services perfect for older adults and those of all ages! The national aquarium, Middleburg, West Virginia Mountains, and Luray caverns are also just a short car ride away! If you have not tried one of the the indoor escape room locations in your area you may want to take the time to experience their indoor, themed part scavenger hunt, part puzzle-solving adventures, where small groups work together as a team to escape. Or you may want to tap into your creative side while socializing at a paint bar where you can enjoy wine, cheese, painting, and conversation! Or a candle making or pottery studio!

No matter how you decide to spend your time cooling off, you are sure to find something engaging to see or do around your area! Be creative, open-minded, and take time to enjoy something new! Stay cool and have fun!



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