5 Ways Seniors Can Celebrate Autumn

September 15, 2017

There’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are changing from green to red and orange – autumn has arrived. With the change in seasons comes the opportunity for new activities and fun ways to celebrate the fall. Here are a few activities you can take part in to embrace the changing seasons this year:

Decorate the House

Dust off the fall decorations and bring a little more life into your home. You can put out bright red or orange throw blankets you may have tucked away or bring out the collection of ceramic pumpkins you have stored in the closet. A garland of faux leaves hanging from the wall and a bright centerpiece on your table will put you in the season’s spirit.

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Come October, you can shift from honoring just the change in seasons to celebrating Halloween. Spooky skeletons on the door and pumpkins on the front steps are just a couple of ideas for items you can add to your surroundings to get you in the ghostly mood. Don’t forget to stock up on candy for the trick-or-treaters.

Bake Fall Delights

Baking delicious treats for friends and family is a great celebration of autumn. Pumpkin spice cookies, apple tarts, cinnamon coffee cakes, and more will fill your home with tempting aromas and tastes.

Make these alone, or invite a family member or friend to join you on your baking adventure. When you’re ready to enjoy the delicacies you’ve made, pair them with apple cider. Drink it cold or heat it with a cinnamon stick to keep warm on a crisp day.

Take a Walk

Take some time to admire the scenery changing around you and enjoy a walk to admire the beautiful fall foliage. Bright reds, fiery oranges, and sunshine yellow leaves will boost your spirits. You can walk around your neighborhood to glimpse local trees or turn leaf peeping into a more substantial outing.

The local botanic gardens will likely still be open in the autumn. If you’ve only ever visited in the summer, you may be pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere at these outdoor gardens during the autumn. Flowers may not be in bloom, but the trees will be. A bonus – the gardens may not be as crowded as they are during the steamy summer months.

Make a day of it and stop for lunch or at a coffee shop to warm up with a seasonal drink.

Make Fall Crafts

Crafting is a great way to pass the time any time of year, but as the days grow shorter, preparing yourself for more hours spent inside is important. Sure, you can enjoy a lovely autumn walk, but on cooler days, you’ll be happier having indoor activities to entertain you.

Maybe you’re a world-class knitter or love to paint. Take any of these skills and apply them to the fall. Knit a colorful scarf for yourself, or break out the watercolors to paint a fall landscape.

You can also make your own leaf garlands to hang around the house or make your own Halloween goody bags for your grandkids. Make a pine cone centerpiece or work with your friends at your assisted living community on a jigsaw puzzle with a fall theme.

Those who are less skilled with crafts can try a coloring book. You can get a fall-themed adult coloring book or use reds, oranges, and browns to shade in a forest scene. Adult coloring books have made huge gains in popularity over the past few years for good reason—they help with stress relief and are an easy way to create something beautiful for yourself.

Attend a Fall Festival

Check with your town to see what autumn activities are on their list. You can search online for events or ask your town library if they have a list you can peruse. If you live in an assisted living community, look out for activities your community may have the opportunity to participate in.

Fall festivals and trips to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch are all great ways to spend a day celebrating autumn. The seasonal change also provides you with another opportunity – fall farmers markets. These are open during the summer, too, but as different vegetables come into season, the farmer’s markets offer a changing array of fresh foods for you to take home. Bring a tote bag and stock up on root vegetables, apples, pumpkins, and all manner of treats such as honey, apple butter, and freshly baked bread to enjoy at home.

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