Fall is that fabulous time of year where the leaves change, temperatures cool down and the magic of the upcoming holidays start to put everyone under its spell. Summer is gone, vacations are over leaving people available to spend quality time with loved ones.
If you are at a loss for what to do, we've put together some fun fall activities to do with the seniors in your life!
- Take a Scenic Walk
If your loved one is still relatively mobile, get outside and enjoy nature! The temperatures are mild, and for most of the country, these are the last fleeting months before a blanket of snow covers the ground. Plus, this time of year is often full of magnificent colors. Who doesn't love the orange, red and yellow leaves that make fall so lovely? If walking is difficult, enjoy the leaves from the comfort of a park bench or in your backyard.
- Make a Wreath
Crafty seniors can try making a door wreath, either in celebration of fall or for the upcoming winter holidays. This activity can even be spread over multiple days, including a trip to the craft store for supplies (and maybe hit up a new restaurant for lunch!) and then an additional day to assemble the wreath. Every time you look at your wreaths, you can reminisce on all of the fun memories you created while making it. Need some ideas? Here are 20 autumn wreath examples by Good Housekeeping.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patches are fun for the whole family, including seniors and children. This great activity promotes intergenerational quality time. In addition to having pumpkins, often patches have other activities and yummy treats. Some may even have hayrides, corn mazes, and hot apple cider, all things that make for a festive fall day!
- Bake Some Yummy Treats
Baking doesn't have to be complicated, and it always results in something delicious to share with family and friends. Look for easy recipes that either use fall ingredients like pumpkin, or have an overtly fall theme (like turkey-themed Rice Krispy treats). Cooking might not be something your loved one does on a regular basis anymore, so this shared activity is great to encourage them to keep those skills sharp.
Whatever you choose to do with your friends and family, this is the season to be thankful. Enjoy each other and have fun creating cherished memories.