Well, the secret is out. With it being the first of September today, there’s no denying that another summer season has come and gone. Yes, the official start of fall doesn’t take place until the 22nd of this month. But, for all intents and purposes, the summer we all know and love is over. By next week, the kids will be back in school and shortly thereafter, we can expect a return of chilly temperatures. It’s a yearly occurrence we Canadians are used to.
How do the elderly loved ones in your family take to the changing of the seasons? Are you concerned about how to keep them active in the fall? Here are three awesome autumn activities you can enjoy with the seniors in your life:
1. Enjoy the great outdoors.
For many Canadians, cooler temperatures are no problem at all. In fact, the end of summer is a joyous time for people all over the country. Although it is naturally wise to dress appropriately for the temperatures, the autumn season is a perfect one for outdoor exercise. Make it a habit to go on autumn walks with your elderly loved ones. The light exercise combined with the crisp and fresh air will do them good.
“Walking is a free and accessible means of exercise for all seniors with many proven health benefits,” affirms Landmark Senior Living, “If you find strolling in the summer too hot for comfort, fall removes that excuse so why not get outside? Fall is the ideal time for a ramble as the trees and bushes take on spectacular colors and the temperature drops without leaving you freezing.”
2. Engage in some pumpkin-based fun.
Naturally, with the fall season comes Halloween. Even though the spooky occasion doesn’t come until the end of October, who says you can’t begin to enjoy Halloween-based activities? Visit a pumpkin patch with both the kids and their grandparents. Get them to bake a pumpkin pie and roast some pumpkin seeds. And while they’re at it…why not start carving some jack-o-lanterns?
If pumpkin carving is too messy an activity for your family, why not paint some pumpkins instead? “This activity is safe and fun for all ages, and the only limit is your creativity,” declares The Arbor Company. Their website also suggests making a “succulent pumpkin”. “Simply attach moss to the top of the pumpkin, then decorate with succulent cuttings,” the site instructs, “When the pumpkin dies, you can transfer the succulents to a planter.”
3. Prepare the home for Thanksgiving.
In a little over a month, Canadians will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This provides your family with the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to acknowledge the occasion. Perhaps, the kids and their grandparents can engage in some arts and crafts activities. The Arbor Company suggests making a Thanksgiving centerpiece.
“This can be as simple as a candle in a painted jar or as complex as a giant arrangement filled with flowers and candles,” their website points out, “Try these kid-friendly ideas, or if the senior in your life is an artist, follow their lead.”
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