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The Benefits of a Scenic Detour


In our world, access to a vehicle is nearly a necessity. Many services and businesses are no longer within walking distance, so having transportation is something everyone needs. This can include riding a bike, driving a car, taking the bus, or using other types of vehicles. These methods can do the essential function, taking you from point A to point B. However, there are ways that transportation can go from just providing this essential function to providing benefits you never even thought of. How do you get those benefits? Try a scenic drive!

Taking time during a trip to look at the world around you and appreciate its beauty is something that most people don't do anymore. It may be because of time constraints or a lack of interest, but the idea of taking a longer path to your destination to enjoy the sights has become something of a lost art. Everyone is always in a hurry to get to their destination, so there are very few who will take a bit of extra time to go down a unique route in the hopes of finding something new.

Despite this, there are many reasons that taking the time to go the scenic route can benefit mental and physical health. In our town or out in the country, there are so many sights to see around the areas we travel every day. Scenes that we may have never even noticed before in our haste. Experiencing these sights can have benefits for everyone, including seniors.

Some of the benefits scenic detours may offer aging adults are:

  • lower stress levels by viewing landscapes and green spaces
  • the ability to see unique views of their community
  • potential improvement in planning, decision-making, and other cognitive abilities that can be enhanced when one has spent time in nature
  • the opportunity to find new and unique places to eat
  • physical benefits like reduced blood pressure and increased ability to sleep
  • promotion relaxation by steering clear of traffic and just enjoying the journey
  • rest for the brain from the frequent overload of stimulation
  • the chance to uncover unique attractions and landmarks along the way
  • aid in many aspects of recovery, such as pain tolerance, heart rate, etc.

Scenic field trips play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for seniors. At Evergreen Place in Chillicothe, scenic excursions are organized throughout the month with our caring team members and volunteers. They include relaxing rides to see the sights, as well as visits to unique cultural and social events.

Call today or visit our website to learn more and become a part of the Evergreen Place family.

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