Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for most people. But for seniors in Arizona, the heat and sun can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. However, there are plenty of activities that keep aging adults cool and engaged. 

Digital Art Classes: Several art studios moved their in-person classes online like Carrie Curran Art Studios with an option to pick-up an art kit. Reserve a spot online and seniors can paint from the comfort of home while a studio artist guides them step-by-step through the painting. The experience is completely interactive, and the lead artist will even take questions throughout the event. Join a random group or book a private virtual event for the whole family. 

Chair Yoga: This low impact form of exercise is a great way to get all the benefits of yoga including loosening and stretching muscles, reducing stress, and improving circulation. Chair yoga also reduces anxiety, protects joints and builds balance. The best part is no gym is needed. If the senior has a chair and a phone, they can watch several free chair yoga workouts on YouTube

Stream Black and White Films: Netflix and Prime Video have several classic black and white masterpieces available to stream. From the 1930s to the 1960s, seniors can stream some of the top flicks during that time including His Girl Friday, It’s a Wonderful Life, Let There Be Light, The Stranger and many more. 

Foster an Animal: It is extremely important to make sure seniors do not become lonely during the pandemic. If they can care for an animal, fostering a dog or cat from a local shelter is temporary, but would keep them busy and give them purpose. There are always thousands of animals in need of foster care. The Arizona Animal Welfare League always has animals in need.

If you or your older loved one have plans to be outside, be sure to use sun protection. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing will help protect eyes and skin. Staying hydrated is also very important, so be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. For more information about caring for aging adults visit to find your nearest location. 


John Skelton is the Senior Adviser of Senior Helpers of Tempe.