The days are gradually getting shorter, and the luscious lawns of summer give way to autumn’s fallen leaves. There’s always something special about each time of year, so we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite fall activities that seniors can easily enjoy as well. With some great entertainment options while staying indoors, or venturing out into the crisp autumn air, you and your loved one can now go ahead and celebrate the new season!
1. Experience the Lovely Outdoors
As summer’s warmth fades out into the cold of winter, autumn offers the ideal climate to comfortably enjoy time spent outside. Take in the beautiful foliage and fresh autumn scents together, while engaging in a physical activity that relaxes and invigorates. When planning an outing with your loved one, it’s important to keep his or her mobility in mind. You’ll want to make sure your choice is suited to your loved one’s physical capabilities. Whether you choose to admire the scenery from the porch, in the car, strolling in a local park, or walking along a guided hiking trail, you’re guaranteed to return inside refreshed.
2. Prepare Seasonal Snacks
On a chilly afternoon, who doesn’t savor the tantalizing smell of freshly baked pastries? Or better yet, sharing the day and making memories together over a recipe? Cool days with longer evenings are the perfect time to get cozy in the kitchen and prepare a homemade snack. With easy-to-find ingredients, you and your loved one can whip up something delicious to enjoy together or share with friends and family on your next special occasion. Take advantage of autumn’s bounty of apples, cranberries, pumpkins in one of these simple seasonal treats.
3. Plant Ahead
Fall may not be the most enjoyable time to sit out in the yard, but if you’ve got a small patch for planting, this is the best time to invest in a home garden. Make the most of your loved one’s green thumb and get planting! Generally, trees, shrubs, and a wide variety of perennial plants grow best when planted at a time when the ground is moist. In this way, the roots can establish themselves before the ground freezes and winter sets in. Veggies that thrive in this season include bok choy, Brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kohlrabi, cauliflower, celery, endive, kale, leeks, and head and leaf lettuces. They also include onions, peas, garlic, radishes, snow peas, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. Flowers, such as tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils can be planted early in the fall and will reappear to decorate the landscape each year. For these, you’ll need one trip to your local nursery and then lots of patience until spring blooms again…
4. Decorate Indoors
Your loved one will enjoy crafting in good company while sprucing up the house with seasonal decor. Create an autumn wreath to display on the front door, paint pumpkins in varied sizes to dress up the table, or get started on crocheting a personalized holiday gift for someone special. Spend an afternoon visiting your local craft stores, like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, and take advantage of the wide selection of seasonal art supplies they offer. You can also find some more ideas here for great crafts that guarantee memorable activities and warm autumn vibes. Crafting together will help you create the perfect atmosphere for this time of year.
5. Coordinate a Visit
While everyone is spending less time outdoors, seize the opportunity to reconnect with long-time acquaintances, extended family, and close friends. Ask your loved one who they’d like for company and schedule a date, or offer to accompany them on a visit to someone they’d be glad to get together with. You can invite guests to your loved one’s home, or make up for them to meet at a local coffee shop, restaurant, or entertainment venue. When guests visit at home, you can bring out old photo albums for them to reminisce with, as they enjoy the chance to reflect on a bygone era with someone from their past. Restoring old friendships is a powerful way for seniors to feel younger and more vibrant.
6. Work on a Fall-Themed Puzzle
Bring the scenic views inside and relax together with a cup of tea while you assemble a masterpiece. Larger-piece puzzles allow seniors to create their own works of art- ones that can both be displayed proudly and are easily accessible. They also offer older adults an opportunity to keep their fingers and minds nimble, while having fun and experiencing a sense of gratification. Many find that working on a puzzle has a meditative effect, subtly decreasing feelings of anxiety, and increasing mental well-being. Click here to choose from a selection of autumn puzzles that can be delivered to your door and enjoyed in the company of grandchildren, neighbors, or friends. When the project is completed and displayed, your loved one will be happy to show it off to visitors and tell them about the process of creating their masterpiece.
7. Visit a Farmers Market
A farmers market is more than a convenient place to purchase fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables, dairy products, or honey. Visiting a farmers market is also an informal way for seniors to be social by providing them with the opportunity to interact with neighbors and support local farmers. Adults can stroll through the market and stop for free samples and tastes while enjoying the plethora of colors and produce. Your loved one can select from a variety of fresh products to enjoy at home and is sure to look forward to another delightful trip. Click here to locate the farmers’ market closest to you.
Regardless of how you choose to share the day, we hope you enjoy the time spent together. You can find additional caregiver resources on our website, and explore a variety of timely topics such as medical assistance, personal care, and senior companionship.
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We’re here for you and happy to assist your family. Give us a call at (845) 425-6555 with any questions.
Community Home Health Care wishes you and your family a most memorable autumn!