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Jump into fall

The past week has proven to be a great start to the fall season. Warm temps, sunshine and changing leaves across most of the country create the perfect opportunity for people to get outdoors and get moving! While many of us have no trouble being active in the great outdoors, seniors often pass up the chance to get fresh air due to mobility issues or lack of companionship. If you’re able, set aside a few days this fall season for the elderly loved ones in your life and make an effort to help them enjoy one of the more simple things in life—nature.

Offer to escort them on walks through nearby nature trails or parks in their neighborhood. If they are wheelchair-bound or have limited mobility, suggest a color tour and take them on a drive one sunny afternoon. Carving pumpkins and baking homemade pumpkin seeds is also a safe and easy way to entertain older adults—it’s also a great activity grandchildren can get involved in.

It’s important to consider your senior’s interests and what they are physically capable of. An entire day outdoors can be exhausting. Check your local paper or community news website to check for senior-friendly events in your area. Taking the time to plan an outing will ensure the elderly in your life get the best fall experience possible!

One response to “Jump into fall”

  1. Jeff, I couldn’t agree with you more and I have to say after returning from Branson from our Fall Conference stay at Big Cedar Lodge and taking in the beauty of the landscape & the entire property makes me appreciate what we truly do have. That is why it is so important for us to remember our family, and our seniors that we take care of on a daily basis. It is so important for them to be out & enjoy the beauty, the smells, the crisp air and the feel of the seasons changing which also brings me to a very important topic of seasonal depression as well, it occurs each year at the same time. It begins in fall or winter and ends in spring or early summer. It is more than just the “winter blues”, or “cabin fever”. A rare form of SAD, known as “summer depression,” begins in late spring or early summer and ends in fall. Let’s spend as much time as we can with our seniors so they can enjoy the highest quality of life and fullest seasons of the year:)


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