Now that September has arrived and the weather has begun to take a turn in many places, you might have noticed that small hint of yellow creeping into the foliage in your local area. While saying goodbye to summer is always a cause for a bit of sadness, autumn can be just as enjoyable, if not more so.
But what about getting your elderly clients involved in the changing seasons? There are a whole host of great ways to get them involved now that the weather is going to be changing it up a bit. Here are some popular autumn activities you can do with seniors.
Go for a foliage walk
Getting outside during the autumn months can sometimes seem like chore but with all the colors bursting into bloom it’s a great time to get out and experience the season first hand. If your senior is unable to get out, you can open the window, take them onto the porch or similar. Going for a foliage walk can be a great activity and you can select choice leaves to make wall hangings with. Simply use a bit of glue on some construction paper to glue the leaf in place, then hang in a frame or similar. It’s a great way to bring the outdoors in and create an air of Autumn in the home.
Bake autumnal treats
With the autumn comes some of the year’s best fruits and spices. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberries, apples and more are all tastes of the season and can be made into pies, crumbles, cookies and other tasty treats. Get your seniors involved in making desserts for their families or plan to get them baking for upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving or Halloween.
Speaking of Halloween and Thanksgiving, making autumn based decorations can be a great way to spend some time with your seniors and it gets them not just active, but engaging with the seasons too. You can do this for most holidays (and we will have some ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas on their way in upcoming newsletters), but if you want to just bring the outdoors inside for now, consider doing things like dressing up an uncarved pumpkin (they will last on average between 1-3 months) so they make a perfect autumnal decoration. Try visiting your local hobby shop or craft store to see what kinds of amazing red, gold, brown and orange decorations they have on offer that you can put together with your senior - either as centrepieces, mantle pieces, wall hangings and more.
Next month we will talk about getting your senior involved in Halloween and what kinds of activities and treats you can help them with so they can get in on the seasonal fun.