As summer comes to a close and autumn begins, it’s time to start thinking about ways to enjoy the changing leaves and dropping temperatures. It’s important to keep seniors physically active and mentally engaged during each season! Fall is a great time of year to get involved in some festive cooking, try your hand at pumpkin painting, take a trip to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch, or have a game marathon featuring all of your favorites. Here are some ideas for fall activities for seniors that they can enjoy with their families.
Pumpkins and Apples, Oh My!
Treat your senior to a scenic day trip around your town, making sure to pass by apple orchards and pumpkin patches for a fall-themed outing. Even an hour-long car ride is enough to leave your senior feeling refreshed and entertained. Car trips are perfect for all seniors, but especially those who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Top off your trip with a cup of warm apple cider or piece of pumpkin pie from a local restaurant.
There are a variety of fall-themed baked goods that are simple to make and even easier to enjoy. Ask your senior to help you prepare an assortment of items for a bake sale, trick or treating, or just to enjoy as a family. Country Living offers recipes and instructions for preparing the perfect fall treat. Don’t forget to share!
Along with pumpkins and sweaters, fall is the time for football. If your senior is able, consider attending a sporting event, or celebrate the game by watching at home with friends and family. Most sporting venues offer seats for the elderly that are easily accessible.
Football isn’t the only game to enjoy. Try working on a fall-themed jigsaw puzzle, or color autumn landscapes with pencils or watercolors. Afraid of the chilly weather? Host a family game night and get cozy with board games and blankets.
Crafts are Calling
Decorating your senior’s room or home with seasonal decorations is a great way to celebrate the autumn season. There are many easy and fun craft ideas that you can do with just a few simple supplies. For example, you can make an autumn wreath by wrapping a grapevine wreath with burlap ribbon and adding some artificial leaves and berries. Or, you can paint Mason jars with fall colors and use them as vases for fresh flowers. Get creative and have fun celebrating fall with your senior citizen!
No matter what you choose to do, Carespring skilled nursing facilities are always here to help make sure your senior enjoys the autumn days. We offer tailored plans for each individual, ensuring they get the most out of every activity. So whether it’s joining an exercise class or going on a field trip to see the autumn foliage, we make sure our seniors are safe and comfortable doing what they love this time of year. Contact a Carespring skilled nursing facility near you to learn more about how we can help your loved one enjoy all that fall has to offer.