August 2023 Newsletter


Fun Summer Activities with Older Adults: Embrace the Sun and Create Lasting Memories!

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As the warm rays of summer brighten our days, it's the perfect time to engage in enjoyable activities with older loved ones. Summer offers a plethora of opportunities to create cherished memories, strengthen bonds, and bring joy to the lives of older adults and individuals living with dementia. Whether you're a family member, friend, or caregiver, here are some fantastic ideas for fun summer activities:

  1. Picnics in the Park: Pack a delicious picnic and head to a nearby park or garden. Find a shaded spot, spread out a comfortable blanket, and savor a delightful meal together. Encourage your loved one to engage in light outdoor games or simply relish the beauty of nature.
  2. Gentle Nature Walks: Explore the wonders of nature by taking leisurely walks in parks, botanical gardens, or along scenic trails. Enjoy the sights and sounds of birds, butterflies, and colorful flowers. Make it an educational experience by identifying different plants and trees along the way.
  3. Arts and Crafts: Engage in creative endeavors that bring out your loved one’s artistic side. Set up an outdoor painting session with watercolors or sketch the blooming flowers in the garden. Alternatively, try simple crafts such as making personalized sun catchers or creating colorful bird feeders.
  4. Ice Cream Socials: Treat your loved one to a sweet and refreshing ice cream outing. Visit an ice cream parlor or create a DIY sundae station at home. Let them choose their favorite flavors, toppings, and reminisce about their fondest ice cream memories.
  5. Water Fun: If your loved one enjoys water activities, consider planning a day at the beach or a visit to a local pool. Ensure their safety by providing appropriate flotation devices and keeping a close eye on them. Alternatively, set up a sprinkler, splashpad or small pool in the backyard for a refreshing activity.
  6. Outdoor Concerts or Movies: Many communities offer outdoor concerts or movie screenings during the summer months. Check local event listings and bring your loved one to enjoy some live music or watch a classic film under the stars. Don't forget to bring comfortable chairs, blankets, and some tasty snacks.
  7. Gardening Delights: Engage in gardening activities that bring joy and a sense of accomplishment. Plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables together in containers or a small garden plot. Your loved one can nurture and care for the plants, providing them with a rewarding and therapeutic experience.
  8. Cultural Outings: Visit local museums, art galleries, or historical sites that may be hosting special summer exhibits or events. These outings provide opportunities for intellectual stimulation, appreciation of art and history, and meaningful conversations.
  9. Cooking and Baking: Explore the culinary arts together by preparing seasonal dishes and treats. Involve your loved one in selecting recipes, gathering ingredients, and participating in the cooking process. The aromas and flavors will ignite memories and create a delightful sensory experience.
  10. Storytelling and Scrapbooking: Encourage your loved one to share their life stories and memories. Sit together outdoors, under the shade of a tree, and record their stories. Create a scrapbook with photographs, handwritten notes, and mementos, preserving their legacy for future generations.

Remember, the most important aspect of these summer activities is the quality time and connection you share with your loved one. Adjust the activities based on their interests, abilities, and comfort level. Especially if your loved one is living with dementia, plan to be flexible with your plans. Embrace the beauty of summer, the sun, and the joy of creating lasting memories together.

The RAFT Dementia Support Team is passionately committed to enhancing the lives of older adults and fostering meaningful interactions. As we embrace the warmth of summer, let's ensure our older loved ones experience a season filled with both comfort and connection. We encourage you to join us in organizing activities that bring joy and companionship into their lives. Together, we can make this summer truly special.

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Dementia Support Program


The RAFT Dementia Support
Program aims to give individuals
living with dementia, their family,
and their caregivers the
information and tools to live with
dignity, respect, and meaning.

Program Highlights

The RAFT Dementia Support Program was featured on the Aging Matters Podcast and WERA-LP 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. Listen now!


Anyone can make a referral to the program, using the online referral form.

Or contact Sydney Palinkas at or 703-814-2701. 


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Suite 200
Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-531-2144
TTY: 703-228-1788