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Fall Activities For Seniors

Fall is here… It’s refreshing to feel the crisp fall air and watch the leaves change color. You can celebrate the fall season with your older adult by enjoying some simple, inexpensive, and fun activities.

Make decorations

Making and putting up fun decorations is a nice way to mark the change of seasons and get in the mood for fall holidays.

It’s also a good opportunity to display some of those finished coloring pages!

Simple and fun DIY ideas:

Enjoy fall-themed coloring pages

Coloring is an activity that everyone can enjoy, from the very young to the very old, as a solo activity or with others.

As an added bonus, psychologists say that coloring has stress-busting abilities similar to meditating.

There are hundreds of free, printable, fall-themed coloring pages available online.

Here are some of our favorites:

Work on a fall-themed jigsaw puzzle

Sitting at the table with a warm beverage and a festive puzzle is a great way to celebrate the season.

  • Birdhouse – 35-piece sequenced puzzle with color coded pieces, brightly colored birds around a birdhouse, designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Mystic Hour – 100-piece puzzle, a cozy cabin in the woods at sunrise
  • Happy Hollow – 300 large-piece puzzle, festive fall scene with friendly jack o’lanterns, a hayride tractor, scarecrow, black cat, and more

Prepare festive and easy homemade treats

Baking, mixing, and assembly are fun activities that many older adults will enjoy.

Try these delicious and easy-to-make treats:

Prepare for Halloween trick-or-treaters

If you’re planning to hand out treats to children in the family or neighborhood kids, your older adult might enjoy helping with the preparations.

For a low-contact Halloween, prepare individual treat bags in advance and place them on the porch so trick-or-treaters can help themselves.

Some ideas:

  • Prepare fun little pumpkin pouch goody bags
  • Use the completed coloring sheets and other decorations to make the front door more festive
  • Someone with dementia might enjoy sorting a mixed bag of candy into different containers. It’s a great no-fail activity that helps them feel included – even if you don’t really need the candy to be sorted.

Enjoy the natural scenery and fresh air

Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy nature with your older adult.

Bundle up and breathe the fresh air, admire the beautiful colors on display, and hear the crunch of fallen leaves as you walk.

Adapt activities to suit different mobility levels:

  • Open a window to smell the fresh air and take in the scenery
  • Relax in the backyard or on the porch
  • Walk to the mailbox and back
  • Stroll a block or two in the neighborhood
  • Walk through a local park