5 Fall Activities Seniors Can Safely Enjoy

By Maria Burke, RN, Owner Celtic Angels Home Health Care


Fall is a wonderful time of year. The days are still long, there’s always something going on, and because the kids are getting back to school, you may see less of your grandkids, you may have more time on your hands. Since the weather is beginning to get a little cooler, keep in mind, outdoor activities are so healthy and enjoyable.

  1. Having a Picnic

Eating outdoors in the fall is peaceful and relaxing. It’s also a perfect choice for seniors because picnics are easy to adapt to your needs. You can have a picnic at a local park, on the beach, or right in your backyard.

So, choose foods that are suitable for your diet, spread out a blanket or set up chairs in the location of your choice, and enjoy! Picnic close to dawn or dusk if you want to enjoy the cooler, crisper weather.

  1. Gardening

Fall gardening is another activity that is easily adapted to your needs. You can garden directly in your soil, use raised beds, try container gardening, or even make an herb garden on your windowsill indoors.

In addition to the obvious perk of getting to enjoy the fresh produce you’ve grown; gardening also provides a myriad of benefits for seniors. Gardening lowers stress levels, improves strength and mobility, and even has a preventative effect against osteoporosis.

  1. Birdwatching

Many seniors find birdwatching to be a lovely fall activity. And it’s a great way to enjoy nature, regardless of your level of mobility.  For example, care partners for seniors on bed rest can place a birdfeeder where it is visible from a window. Wheelchair users can enjoy the birds in their neighborhood with the help of their care partners. And seniors who are able to walk can take advantage of parks and trails to look for their favorite species.

Birdwatching also helps lower stress levels and sharpen your mind. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise in. Even lifting your binoculars helps strengthen your muscles!

  1. Spending time in the Water

Most of us have fond memories of spending late summer/early fall swimming when the water is usually at its warmest temperatures, exploring streams, or walking along the beach. And the good news is, most seniors can still enjoy the water in some form!

If you have a nearby beach, it can be lovely to sit at the edge of the water and let the waves lap your toes. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. And aquatic therapy is quite beneficial for seniors. Alternatively, seniors with limited mobility can also enjoy dipping their feet into a small pool or even having an indoor rubber duck race inside a plastic bin.

  1. Enjoying a Fall Fair

There’s a good reason local fall fairs and festivals have remained popular for centuries–they’re tons of fun!

Most local cities and towns host them and all you have to do is look in your local paper or online resource and you’ll find a listing of them.

Whatever activities you choose this fall, remember you still need to protect yourself.  Always wear sunscreen and proper clothing when you’re outside. And be sure to stay hydrated!

Need assistance participating in fall activities? The care partners at Celtic Angels are happy to help! Contact us here to get started!



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