5 Fun Fall Ideas for Active Older Adults
As the temperatures begin to drop and the flowers start changing from lush green to golden yellow and burgundy, it’s an indication that the fall season is quickly approaching. Although the season is changing, there are still a number of fun activities to engage in—especially if you’re an active senior. You may be thinking, “Can I even participate in activities during COVID-19?” The short answer is yes, and we’ve highlighted a few of them.
Activity #1: Brisk Walks
Walking is an activity that is good not only for your body, but for your mind. Walking has been shown to improve circulation and sleep, and it also slows down mental decline. You can even use walking as a meditative practice. When choosing your walking route, make sure it’s in a safe location that’s free of debris and offers plenty of space (at least six feet) between you and other walkers.
Activity #2: Try a New Recipe
When we think of fall, comfort foods like soups, pies, and hearty dishes come to mind. Fall is the perfect time of year to experiment with a variety of flavors that are popular and familiar—such as cinnamon, pumpkin, and cranberry—as well as other flavors that might be new to you, such as pear, ginger, and maple. Select a few dishes that you’ve never made before or try to put a new spin on some classics. Oh, and we should also note that trying a new recipe doesn’t have to be solely for foods; you can also try new drinks like apple cider, lattes, and eggnog.
Activity #3: Pick Up a New Hobby
As we begin to spend more time indoors, it’s a prime time to pick up a new hobby. Whether you’re interested in learning how to make candles, leaf pressing, or photography, why not step out of your comfort zone and learn something new? The plus side is that if you pick up a hobby that you enjoy, you could even turn some of your creations into gifts for your loved ones during the holiday season.
Activity #4: Connect with Your Loved Ones
Social distancing makes it difficult to connect with loved ones in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with them. With tools such as FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype, we can still share meaningful interactions with those we care about. Consider scheduling a family night centered around a theme. For example, you could take a family cooking class or even watch a movie together. With modern technology, the possibilities are endless.
Activity #5: Enjoy a New Book (and Host a Virtual Book Club)
Do you remember the beginning of the year, when you said you would read more books? If you haven’t gotten around to it, fall is the perfect time to pick up a book that you haven’t finished or start fresh with a new genre. You could even share the fun by starting a virtual book club with your friends and family.
Enjoy Independent Living at Provision Living
At Provision Living, we want you to focus on enjoying this next chapter of your life without worrying about mundane tasks such as home maintenance, lawn care, or even grocery shopping. With an around-the-clock concierge who can take care of your needs, you can spend your time doing what you love and what matters.