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September 30, 2019

3 Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

When the temperatures begin to drop, the air gets a little crispier, and the leaves start to turn hues of gold and plum—fall has arrived. The fall season is the perfect time of year to enjoy with your loved ones. What are the different ways you can take advantage of this beautiful season? Check out our list of three fun fall activities for seniors.

Take a walk

According to Healthline, walking can strengthen your heart, boost your energy, and ease joint pain—all of which are beneficial to seniors. Walking is also a great activity to connect with others and exercise the brain. During your next walk, consider the following activities:

  • I-Spy: One person is selected as a leader and identifies an object during the walk. Next, the leader identifies the object with an adjective, saying, "I spy with my little eye, something ______________." The rest of the group has three chances to guess the item correctly. If no one guesses the correct answer, the leader tells the group and a new leader is selected. 

  • Scavenger Hunt: Why not turn a beautiful walk in the park into a great scavenger hunt? At the beginning of the walk, provide your group with a list of items to find. The first to find all the items wins!

  • Walking Meditation: If you decide to go for a walk by yourself, it's the perfect time for a walking meditation. 

  • Collect Leaves for Crafts: Leaves are the ideal material to create beautiful, seasonal crafts. Leaves can be used to create wreaths, stamped napkins, and decorative signs.

Create seasonal treats

Bring on the pumpkins, because the fall season is the perfect time of year to create seasonal treats like pumpkin pie and fruit preserves. Not to mention, when making seasonal treats, seniors can increase their socialization, enhance their mood, sharpen creativity, and more. According to Smithsonian magazine, "There is growing recognition in psychology research that creativity is associated with emotional functioning." 

Check out this list of recipes to try: 

Make decorations

With a myriad of holidays happening during the fall season, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, there is no shortage of decoration needs and ideas. Plus, creating decorations goes beyond doing something fun: it can help with overall well-being. According to mindbodygreen, crafting can help with hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and fine motor dexterity, and it also facilitates memory formation and retrieval.

Check out this list of fun fall crafts to try:

These fun activities are a great way to connect with the season, yourself, and your loved one. We hope that you have a chance to try a few or all of the suggestions. To learn more about the fun activities happening at Provision Living Communities, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook.