While fall may not offer as many opportunities for recreation as the warmer seasons, there are still plenty of fall activities available for older adults to take part in, from indoor exercises to simple walking. Careage Senior Living has compiled a short list of these activities to give you an idea of what body-gentle recreation opportunities you can partake in this fall.
With the air getting cooler, and the scenery changing, fall is a great time for walking outdoors. For those who live in warm climates, walking this time of year is safer than the hot months, and for more northern regions, you get the added benefit of beautiful fall color. Going on a half-hour walk a day can do wonders for your body, especially if you’re able to keep up a brisk pace. You should still take some precautions, however. Always let someone know where you’re going, or even better, bring a friend along. You should also start with shorter walks and work your way up to longer routes instead of trying to walk a mile your first time out.
Arts & Crafts
‘Tis the season for pumpkin painting, costume-making, and much more. Arts and crafts gives you light physical activity and also stimulates your creative side. If you live in a senior living community, look into helping out with decorations for the upcoming holiday months, and if you live at home, start brainstorming ideas for making your house more festive. DIY window decals are easy, fun, and wash off easily, so you can whip up a new batch for the next holiday that comes around.
Fall is the perfect time to clean up your garden from the summer months, so it’s ready for winter. It’s also the perfect time to plant perennials. If outdoor gardening is too strenuous you can begin cultivating your own garden inside. Look into easy-to-manage, low-maintenance plants like succulents to add a burst of life and color to your room. If you are up for something a little more involved, you might want to try starting your own indoor vegetable garden.
We hope these suggestions give you some ideas for how to spend the upcoming fall months. For more information on what to do on your own time this season, check out our Independent Living page or read another blog.