As the season of change approaches, it’s time for you or your loved one to change up their daily activities. Now that the heat is beginning to subside and the leaves are changing, it’s time to think about Fall activities for seniors that will make the autumn months more enjoyable. Just because we grow older, that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun! With cooler weather, it’s a great time to enjoy some outdoor activities or, if you’d prefer spending time indoors, you can curl up by the fire and enjoy watching the leaves change from the comfort of your own home. Below are just a few Fall activities for seniors that you should consider partaking in.
6 Fall Activities For Seniors
Decorate For the Season
Whether you want to adorn your surroundings with Fall colors, or you’re a fan of Halloween, decorating is a great activity that allows you to be creative while staying active at home. It’s time to break out the pumpkins and corn stalks and showcase your house as the ideal Fall home. If you’re in a community nursing home, work together to figure out how you want to decorate the area with fellow residents.
Create a Centerpiece
One of the most popular fall activities for seniors is also a great way to showcase your creative talent while bringing a little bit of the autumn décor into your home. Gather some natural items and make a beautiful Fall centerpiece that will last the entire season. Things like pinecones, acorns, and loose pebbles can fill a vase, and top it off with a seasonal flower for a little extra flair.
All senior activities often involve pumpkin themes, but not everyone can carve them, but don’t let that stop you from having some Fall fun! Pull out the paints instead! From floral motifs to leaves, to comical characters, there are lots of ways to paint pumpkins. Painted pumpkins are great to use in centerpieces, for parties, add to gift baskets, and as giveaways.
Enjoy the Scenery
One of my favorite ways to enjoy the fall color change is to simply drive around and look at all of the pretty colors. Driving allows you to cover more ground and really enjoy the colors of Fall. It may not be physical activity, but it still requires you to leave home. Bring a companion to drive the car so you can really take in the scenery. Whether it’s a whole group, or just by yourself, watching the leaves changes and the animals interact with the surrounding environment is one of the most relaxing fall activities there is.
Picking Apples and Pumpkins
If you’re looking for fall activities for seniors that will get you up and moving, you might want to try apple or pumpkin picking. If apple picking is too strenuous an activity to do alone, bring a friend, child, or grandchild with you. Call ahead to see if the apple orchard is handicap accessible. Many farms provide a variety of activities that people of all ages can participate in, including corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and most importantly, apple cider, and apple cider donuts!
If you or your loved one can’t get enough of the birds, you can work together on building a birdhouse to attract them to your property. It can add some color and character to the yard while attracting birds and giving them a safe space to take shelter in the winter. Building a birdhouse gives your loved one the chance to unleash their creativity, making it a perfect activity to brighten up life a bit as the days get shorter.
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