It gets hot in Kansas City and Overland Park in the summer, there is no denying that. But it’s still important for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia to get out of the house and see the world.
Where to Go in Kansas City and Johnson County
Discounts and accessibility are great incentives when planning an outing with a senior. Here are some of our favorite spots:
- The Fairway Pool—Boasting nine shade structures and a snack bar, the Fairway pool in Fairway, KS offers discounted membership rates to seniors. Single day passes are $6.00 for residents and $7.00 for non-residents
- Powell Gardens—Classes for adults include succulent planting and Monarch Butterfly release celebration. Most pathways are paved and wheelchairs are available for free check-out on a first-come, first- serve basis. There is a senior discounted rate.
- Seeing art is a soothing, yet interesting outing for seniors with dementia. The Nelson-Atkins Museum is free to the public and has great wheelchair access and a nice restaurant.
Before packing up a lunch and zipping away in the car, take a few minutes to plan for your outing. Loved ones who have dementia have special needs, and a successful outing depends on their comfort and safety.
- Make sure the weather cooperates if you are going to be outdoors. If it’s too hot for a Kansas City Royal’s baseball game, either plan to come during the cooler part of the game, or watch from home.
- Check out parking beforehand. Easy parking will make for a less exhausting start to your outing.
- Stay close to your loved one. Leaving a person with dementia alone in a new environment can trigger behavior. Pack food, plan restroom trips accordingly.