The lazy days of summer are coming to an end as summer flowers make way for crisp autumn leaves. Fall offers the opportunity for a whole new schedule of activities to freshen up routines and bring a little zest to life. Seniors can boost their well-being with these great fall activities.
The days may be shorter and the nights longer, so why not take advantage? Have you heard of hygge? It means “cozy” in Danish and it is the perfect practice to implement in the fall. The practice is about enjoying activities such as reading, playing games, enjoying warm drinks like tea and hot chocolate, and sitting by the firelight in relaxing, soft clothes. If lighting candles or heading to a bonfire isn’t possible, try out LED candles or play a video of a fire.
Tai Chi is a great activity for seniors because not only is it relaxing, but it promotes better balance. The practice involves standing up while completing slow, fluid movements. It can even help with sleep and memory! Enjoy this activity in the crisp morning air or inside before going to sleep.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year and is an immensely popular time for sightseeing. Head outside to enjoy the fall foliage. The best part of this is that it can be enjoyed by car or by walking through a park. If you opt for a walk, not only is it good exercise, but the fresh, brisk air is very refreshing.
Numerous studies show the health benefits of gardening and tending to plants. Gardening doesn’t end once the last summer-planted veggies are harvested. Fall is a great time to keep up the healthy gardening habit. Planting perennial flower bulbs in the fall will bring beautiful flowers in the spring. Just be sure you are planting hearty bulbs that are in your area’s planting zone.
Pretty soon, storefronts and patches will be teeming with pumpkins ready for the picking. Decorating for fall can be a great mood-boosting activity, as can heading to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin. Decorate with pumpkins or gourds as is, or get a little creative by pulling out the paints and painting designs on them.
We may be facing COVID-19 restrictions, but there are still activities we can all safely experience this fall. Enjoy!