While it may be disheartening to say goodbye to warm, summer days, there is plenty of fun activities for seniors to look forward to this fall. In many parts of the USA, Autumn is the most picturesque time of the year, with blue skies, frosts and an abundance of warm, crisp leaves falling onto the sidewalks. It is the ideal season for outdoor activities, but also to stay warm and cozy indoors, which gives you plenty of options on how to fill your days. Here are five enjoyable activities that you can do this fall:
1) GO FOR A WALK
This time of the year is the best time to get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air. What better way to do so, than to go for a walk around the neighborhood and admire the leaves changing color. Regular exercise has not only been proven to reduce the risk of health problems like joint pain and loss of strength in muscles, but also encourages your brain to release endorphins, making you feel happy, positive and satisfied for longer.
Baking in the fall is a treat like no other. Fall baking leaves your home smelling wonderful thanks to the Autumn flavors of apple, pumpkin and caramel. Pecan pies, ginger cookies and apple strudel are just some of the delicious treats that you can bake on a quiet afternoon. Sharing your creations with your neighbors, family and friends can be really fulfilling and enjoyable too.
3) KEEP WARM AND COZY
Sometimes it can be a little bit too chilly to venture outside in the strong winds and frost. Why not, stay inside, light a fire and cozy up in your armchair with your favorite book and a hot chocolate for an afternoon well spent? Or why not watch a movie? Keeping warm and cozy inside is the perfect fall activity.
4) VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH
A trip to a pumpkin patch is a fun, fall day out, no matter what age you are. With hayrides, pumpkin carving and corn mazes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This seasonal outing is particularly enjoyable if you bring your grandchildren along with you. Do not forget to wrap up warm though – crisp, blue skies can be deceiving, especially if you’re exposed to all the elements on a farm or large field.
Gardening helps seniors to get their muscles moving and soak up some Vitamin C. It is particularly enjoyable for those who planted vegetables over the summer, as it is now the ideal opportunity to harvest them and use them to cook exciting, fall recipes. You can also plant bulbs ready for the following Spring so that you will have some beautiful flowers to look forward to seeing bloom.