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!