As well as finding calm and tranquillity, nature can also provide great opportunities to interact with others.
Whether we are meeting with family, neighbours, old friends or new, choosing to meet within nature can motivate us to be active ‘physically, spiritually and socially’, which can help to offset feelings of isolation and loneliness.
‘Blue spaces’ are also great places to enjoy non-weight bearing exercise (wading or swimming). It’s really important to prioritise everyday contact with nature if we can – it helps us to maintain relationships, health and a daily routine throughout our lives.
Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adults, July 2015, University of Minnesota, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150709180208.htm
Jessica Finlay, Thea Franke, Heather McKay, Joanie Sims-Gould. Therapeutic landscapes and wellbeing in later life: Impacts of blue and green spaces for older adults. Health & Place, 2015; 34: 97 DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.05.001