The leaves are beginning to change from a lush green to a rich rouge or brown colour, before cascading downward and settling on the ground. The birds migrate south for the winter in search of warmer climates. The morning dew tickles the grass and there’s a cool breeze in the air. The evenings begin to draw in sooner and mist settles in the air, preventing the sun from breaking through the clouds at dawn. The autumn season is upon us.
This time of year, many of us lament the end of the warm summer temperatures. Winter coats are pulled from inside of home closets, children go back to school and gardeners begin the preparations for keeping their plants healthy and protected over the next few months. Autumn is the season of change, of passing. It’s also a season that many seniors look upon with much trepidation.
One of the most insightful and proactive Urmston care homes, Flixton Manor always approaches this time of year with our typical timbre for all that must be done to keep seniors happy and content throughout the season. But what of families with seniors? What autumn activities can seniors indulge in? Let’s look at four fun activities ideal for seniors.
Take a Walk in the Crisp Air
Autumn is the perfect season to take a walk in the crisp air. Terrain permitting, of course, hiking undulating hills may not be advised but there is still nothing quite like a walk in the park or a stroll across the landscape. A leisurely stroll is a great way for seniors to take in the beautiful autumn scenery, maybe take a picture or two, and get some much-needed exercise.
Of course, it’s important for seniors to be dressed appropriately for any excursion. Wrapping up warm if the temperature is a mite chilly is paramount, as is wearing the correct footwear. Being aware of the surroundings and a senior’s physical limitations is also essential. However, there’s no reason why seniors in a wheelchair can’t still enjoy the feel the breeze on their cheeks or the colour and texture of the season when accompanied by an adult.
Watch a Movie or Read a Book
If the rain is lashing the windowpanes or the wind is howling, there are few activities cosier than sitting in a warm room and becoming immersed in a great story. Watching a movie or reading a book can invoke feelings of contentment, nostalgia or empathy. A really good story has a transportive effect – and who doesn’t like to take a break from the reality of life, if only for a short time?
Thankfully, there’s a wealth of literary and cinematic stories stretching back hundreds of years for seniors, or anyone really, to enjoy. Creating a library of lovely movies or books will hardly have a drastic effect on budgetary care home costs.
Why not pick up a copy of Roman Holiday for a little nostalgia or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for a little adventure and charm when the weather is less-than enchanting outside. Want to find a good read? Why not ask seniors what their favourite books are? Or, if you just want to grab a couple of titles, Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen all add a dash of escapism to seniors – or anyone’s lives.
Long been a popular activity amongst people of all ages, crafting is especially popular for seniors. Don’t believe us? Multiple studies have discovered that undertaking arts and crafts is very beneficial to emotional health – for the young and old.
Perfect for anyone who suffers with chronic pain, anxiety or depression, crafting also eases stress, increases happiness and helps protect the brain from deteriorating. In one study of more than 3,500 knitters, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting – and that’s just one activity!
As one of the most emotionally astute care homes in Manchester, Flixton Manor has long-championed crafting as a beneficial hobby. Any artistic senior can use their inherent creativity to create a wonderful fall wreath, create festive cards or pictures using paints, crate or tissue paper or felt tip pens and even those who don’t consider themselves artistic can have some fun experimenting with different crafts. Who knows, seniors might just uncover new talents!
Cook or Bake Festive Homemade Treats
The autumn is synonymous with distinct flavours. Cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, caramel and certainly pumpkin are all abundance in seasonal recipes which mean that the season is a great time of year to bake or cook delicious dishes.
There are few activities as rewarding as spending time in good company and baking an apple and cinnamon pie, dipping fresh, tangy apples into sweet, smooth caramel or cooking chilli to warm you up when temperatures drop.
Autumn is the perfect season for anyone with a sweet or savoury tooth. From baking deliciously spicy pumpkin bread to a wholesome chickpea and vegetable soup, seniors can have a ball baking or cooking homemade treats for everyone to enjoy – provided they feel confident in the kitchen.
So, the only question that remains is which of these four fun autumn activities will you choose. Each is a great way to put a smile on senior’s faces come the autumn and are affordable, making them ideal for any business concerned with care home costs