Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is easily one of the loveliest times of year.
The earth is blossoming with new life, and the Pacific Northwest is awakening from its winter slumber. Take advantage of the warmer, brighter weather by spending some time out of the house with your loved ones. After all, regular activity and exercise is important for both physical and mental health. And it’s fun!
Enjoy dinner together: Whatcom County is home to myriad amazing restaurants, from Fairhaven to Lynden and Bellingham to Blaine. Let someone else do the cooking while you relax and enjoy pleasant conversation with your loved one. Think of it as an opportunity to reminisce about old times and to catch up on what’s new. For an added challenge, encourage your loved ones to eat with their non-dominant hand — or use chopsticks!
Listen to some music: Bellingham’s outdoor concerts kick off in late June at Elizabeth Park and continue throughout the summer at other venues. But great live music happens in spring, too! Drop by Lynden’s Jansen Art Center on Wednesdays for live lunchtime music in the Firehall Cafe and on Thursday evenings for live music in the Piano Lounge.
Go for a walk: Living in the Pacific Northwest, this is a must. The entire region is crisscrossed by trails for all abilities. Put on your best walking shoes and enjoy the smells and sounds of spring in the Northwest. And if feet have been a problem lately, contact NWADH for info about foot care services for our program members.
Play games: Take advantage of a rainy afternoon to head to a cozy coffee shop and play brain games while you enjoy the chatter and bustle of life moving around you. Sip an espresso while trying to remember lyrics from old songs (“Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino or “Moon River” by Andy Williams, for example). If it’s a day when your loved one can’t get out, then head over to the computer for this selection of brain exercises from AARP.
Visit the farmer’s market: Bellingham’s farmer’s market is open now through December. Ferndale’s opens on Friday, June 9. Blaine’s opens on Saturday, June 10. Lynden’s opens on Thursday, June 14. Enjoy the fresh produce, yummy food and the lovely music from talented buskers.
Become a member of NWADH: Northwest Adult Day Health offers specialized programs Monday through Friday aimed at helping older adults and people with long-term illness and disabilities build strength and maintain their independence. Two or more visits per week are best to provide adequate health monitoring — and to give our guests enough time to make solid friendships.