Weekends can be a great time to find events in the area, and coming up during this last weekend of June, Houston has plenty of summer-specific activities to offer. However, if a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, planning an outing might be overwhelming. In order to make this weekend full of fun and relaxation rather than stress, here are some free activities, along with tips for making them enjoyable for you and your loved one!
Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m., Namitzi Yoga is offering a free meditation and yoga class at the Hermann Park Reflection Pool. This weekly class is advertised as “open to everyone and anyone, no matter your skill level,” so it could be an excellent opportunity to try out a different kind of exercise, as it emphasizes breathing and meditation while also improving balance and strength. The class lasts until 9:30 a.m., but if that seems like a long time, you can stay for just the first ten minutes of meditation then take a walk around the park. Visit this interactive map for more information about sights within the park: http://www.hermannpark.org/visit/interactive-map/
Also on Saturday morning, you can attend the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market any time from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Buy some of your favorite ingredients to cook a meal at home, pick out flowers to plant in your garden, or just walk around and enjoy any free samples. With lots of colors and scents, a trip to this market can be a fun outdoor activity even if you don’t buy anything. For more information and the address, use this link: http://urbanharvest.org/farmersmarkets
On Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., you can hear the Houston Symphony for free at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free tickets for the covered seating area can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or you can bring chairs and a blanket to sit on the hill. Decide which type of seating is most comfortable for you and your loved one, and remember to bring insect repellant. You might also enjoy bringing some of your favorite summer snacks and having a picnic while you listen to the music. Because the concert is free and outdoors, you can stay until you’re no longer enjoying yourselves, then head home with no worries! More information about the concert is available here: http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/events/661/
Another performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre will take place on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. A Bollywood Dance Theatre Production, “Karma: The Wheel of Life emphasizes the importance and impact of the everyday actions and choices that shape and create our life path.” This event has the same tickets and seating available as the Houston Symphony concert the night before. Find more information here: http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/events/649/
By choosing just one of these events, you can change up your weekend routine and maybe even discover a new interest. As always, when you’re going somewhere new, you can enlist the patience and help of the people you meet by informing them of your loved one’s diagnosis. Feel free to print off the cards at the following link and carry them with you! http://www.alz.org/documents/westvirginia/Thank_you_for_your_patience_cards.pdf