Autumn is almost here! And that means it's time to fill your calendars with some fun fall-themed events! This season of cool nights, brisk mornings, and changing leaves is a lovely time to refresh with new activities. Whether you're a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan or you're counting down the days until you taste Thanksgiving stuffing, here are some senior-friendly fall activities to enjoy autumn with your loved ones.
1. Decorate for Fall
Take an hour - or if you're inspired, a whole weekend and put away those summertime clothes and household items you won't need this fall. Once you've de-cluttered, it's time to decorate!
- Create a fall centerpiece for your table with miniature pumpkins and dried leaves.
- A cozy, plaid blanket is a nice touch for a recliner or rocker.
- Turn your door into a lovely autumn entrance with a festive seasonal wreath.
- Collect fallen leaves to use in your decor.
- Embrace warm fall colors like red, orange, and yellow.
- Have fun with pumpkins! Display them on festive plates, in glass vases, or on a bookshelf.
2. Create Autumn-Themed Artwork
Creating beautiful things is fun and therapeutic for all of us, no matter our age. During the fall months, craft stores overflow with wreaths, pumpkins, and scarecrows, and a quick internet search turns up ideas for dozens of easy projects.
- Paint pumpkins in bright, unusual colors.
- Cut paper or fabric into leaf shapes and hang a garland from a fireplace or doorway.
- Paint stay acorns or even dip them in glitter!
- Press fallen leaves and frame them for a striking autumn wall hanging.
If in-depth craft projects aren't right for you, an autumn-themed adult coloring book is a calming option. Psychologists recommend coloring as a relaxation technique. There is a huge variety of coloring books available today, so you'll be sure to find one that suits your style.
3. Enjoy the Brisk Fall Weather
For those of us who couldn't spend much time outside during the hot summer, the autumn months are a perfect chance to relax outdoors. Many communities offer fun fall activities for the whole family, such as corn mazes, hay rides, or pumpkin patches.
To ensure a healthful day outdoors, remember to check the weather report. Fall weather can change unexpectedly, so make sure you choose appropriate clothing. Don't forget hats and sunscreen - UV rays can still cause skin damage even on cloudy days. Also, hydration is essential even after the hot summer months, so make sure to bring extra water.
4. Enjoy Autumn Treats
Everyone has a favorite fall flavor, from spiced apple cider to the classic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Whether you're an experienced chef, or if a trip to the local bakery is more your style, make time for a special fall meal.
If you or your loved ones are creative in the kitchen, plan a day of cooking together. For aging adults who are not as active as they once were, perhaps more able loved ones can assist with shopping for a favorite fall menu to prepare and enjoy. Some families have traditional recipes perfect for this time of year. Or you can keep it simple and just enjoy a delicious slice of pie after lunch!
These senior-friendly fall activities are a great way to have a refreshing autumn season with your family. Whether you're crunching through piles of brightly colored leaves or carving a fat orange pumpkin with your grandchild, fall is a special season and a great time to rejuvenate.