Fun Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

Tim Watt  |  October 3, 2013

Fall may mean the end of days by the swimming pool or trips to the beach, but the season offers plenty of fun activities that can easily be incorporated into healthy senior living. If you're an older adult looking for activities that may be fun for you, your friends and your family, consider some of these options:

A trip to the orchard
Apple picking is one of the most time-honored autumn traditions, and it makes for a great activity for people of all ages. Everyone can enjoy walking through the beautiful orchard while the young ones climb ladders (with Mom and Dad's help, of course) to reach the best apples at the top of the trees. Afterward, you can all return to the retirement community to bake an apple pie or tart for a delicious fall treat that is sure to please.

A foliage walk
We are now approaching the most beautiful time of year in terms of foliage, and a great way to enjoy the changing leaves is to take a walk through the woods. This is a fantastic activity for seniors who enjoy exercising in groups, as it allows you to get your blood pumping while also taking in the gorgeous scenery. Consider collecting a few of your favorite leaves and using them to decorate the assisted living center with fall's best colors.

Pumpkin carving
Halloween may still be a few weeks away, but who's to say you can't participate in pumpkin carving a little early? It's always fun to see what sort of creative designs you can make on one of these gourds, and the grandkids will love the opportunity to make a jack-o-lantern more than once this year. Don't forget to save the seeds - you can pop them in the oven and roast them for a tasty and healthy treat.

Learn how to knit
Autumn is the season for warm sweaters, gloves and hats, and this year, why not have some fun making your own? Knitting is much easier than it looks, and you can enlist a friend or staff member at your assisted living community to give you instructions. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can pick up this skill, and it will allow you to create festive and homemade gifts for your entire family come the holiday season. 

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