Today marks the first official day of fall and I’m ready to take in all the wonderful changes that come with it. After a hot summer, there’s nothing better than a crisp fall day with orange, red and yellow leaves dropping from trees.
The change of season brings a new variety of activities, sights, smells, and flavors. Starbucks brings back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, apple cider appears in grocery stores, hay bales and pumpkins decorate front porches, and roasting s’mores over a bonfire becomes the activity of choice.
As we age, one of the most important things we can do for our health is to remain active. The changing season brings plenty of opportunities to try new things. Here is a list of fall-centered senior activities that will help you take full advantage of the beautiful changing season:
- Go for a walk: Take the time to enjoy the weather before it gets too cool. Enjoy the crisp blue sky and the bright-colored leaves. For an added bonus bring a companion to enjoy them with you.
- Go for a drive: One of my favorite ways to enjoy the fall color change is to simply drive around and look. Driving allows you to cover more ground and really enjoy the color. 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.
- Go apple picking: If apple picking is too strenuous an activity, bring a friend, child, or grandchild with you. Apple picking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and food. 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. Don’t forget to get an apple cider donut, that is always my favorite part of visiting an apple orchard.
- Decorate your front door: Get festive and buy or make a wreath, set up a scarecrow, carve a pumpkin. You can be as creative as you want.
- Attend a fall festival: A fall festival can be a fun and interactive experience for friends and family.
You can also enjoy the season from the comfort of your home:
- Make apple cider: Enjoy a warm cup of cider on a cool day.
- Stay in touch: Send cards or write letters to friends and family.
- Build a fire: Curl up by a fire with a good book.
- Root for your favorite football team: For some, fall is synonymous with football season. Watch a sports game and follow your favorite team.
What are some activities and traditions that you enjoy during the fall season? Will you try any of the activities on this list?
If you or a loved one is struggling to remain active, give us a call today. At Preferred Care at Home, our passion is to come alongside you and help you do the things you love. From apple picking to pie making, we will be by your side every step of the way.
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