Fall is here, the leaves are changing color
After a hot summer, it’s refreshing to feel the crisp fall air and watch the leaves change color.
To celebrate the new season, we’ve rounded up 6 festive activity ideas that you can enjoy with your older adult. They’re all simple, inexpensive, and fun!
6 festive fall activities for seniors
1. Enjoy fall-themed coloring pages
Coloring is an activity that everyone can enjoy, from the very young to the very old, both in groups or as a solo activity.
As an added bonus, psychologists say that coloring has stress-busting abilities similar to meditating.
2. Make decorations
Making and putting up fun decorations is a nice way to mark the change of seasons and get in the mood for fall holidays. It’s also a good opportunity to display some of those finished coloring pages!
Click the below links for some easy DIY ideas!
Fall Leaf Garland - bring some gorgeous autumn color inside!
Ribboned Pumpkins - a few ribbons transform pumpkins into lovely decor
Monogrammed Wreath - make your neighbors "FALL' in love with your customized wreath
3. Work on a fall-themed jigsaw puzzle
Sitting at the table with a warm beverage and a festive puzzle is a great way to celebrate the season.
4. Prepare festive (and easy!) homemade treats
Baking, mixing, and assembly are fun activities that many older adults will enjoy.
Mmmm! Try these delicious and easy-to-make treats:
Baked Apple Roses - SO simple to make, but they truly look like gorgeous roses
Baked Apples with Oatmeal Streusel Topping - So simple, so healthy, so delicious!
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake - Cheesecake + Pumpkin + No Baking = Autumn Delight
Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies - Add pumpkin spice to a simple cookie
5. Prepare for Halloween trick-or-treaters
If you’re planning to hand out treats to children in the family or neighborhood kids, your older adult might enjoy helping with the preparations.
Prepare fun little Pumpkin Pouch Goodie Bags
Use the completed coloring sheets and other decorations to make the front door more festive
Someone with dementia might enjoy sorting a mixed bag of candy into different containers (a great no-fail activity)
6. Enjoy the natural scenery and fresh air
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy nature with your older adult. Bundle up and breathe the fresh air, admire the beautiful colors on display, and hear the crunch of fallen leaves as you walk.
Adapt for different mobility levels:
Open the window a crack to smell the fresh air and take in the scenery
Relax in the backyard or on the porch
Walk to the mailbox and back
Stroll a block or two in the neighborhood
Walk through a local park
(referenced from www.dailycaring.com)
Try some of these fun (and easy) activities with your loved one to make this beautiful season fun! Include your children or grandchildren to make life long memories.
Preparing for the holiday season with a disabled or elerly loved one can be difficult, but with these simple and quick ideas you can decorate your home, save some cash and have a holiday full of laughter and memories.