Mall walking can be festive at this time of the year. Many seniors enjoying a stroll or a fast paced walk around the mall may enjoy the sounds of holiday music, the decorations and the scents of spices representing this time of the year. Even in sunny Florida, malls are often transformed into Winter Wonderlands. Homecare services experts recommend mall walking for many reasons, and one is the safe and secure environment.
Most malls have security cameras as well as a security staff observing the entrances and exits of the facility as well as those walking the perimeter. Some locations actually have walker registrations and recommend walking with a buddy. Mall walkers gather together not only for exercise but to meet new people and focus on health and mental wellness. Providers of homecare services may offer rides or assist in finding transportation to and from the facility for those seniors who no longer drive.
Malls not only decorate for the Christmas holidays, but also for many special days of the year. Senior mall walkers tend to plan walking activities around these special occasions. Not only do they walk the mall, they often meet before or after and share a cup of coffee or tea, and depending on the holiday, may enjoy a treat. Providers of homecare services note that some individuals share their baking skills and bring homemade treats to these social gatherings. You may be surprised if you walk around the mall, there may be a group of seniors, like your mom or dad, chatting away and eating homemade fruit cake.