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10 Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

10 Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

Jenn Walker on Sep 23rd 2022

10 Fun Fall Outdoor Activities

It's that time of year again! Leaves are changing color, the cool air is starting to blow in and football season is in full swing.


So what are you doing in the house? Here are some fun fall activities for seniors to stay active this season.

1. Take a trip to the orchard
Why not pick your own apples? There's plenty of orchards across the country that allow you to pick your own fruit and vegetables. And right now is a perfect time to pick up some apples and pumpkins!
Find an orchard near you at localharvest.org.

2. Go for a walk
There's no better time to be outside and enjoy the crisp air than in Fall. Slip on your shoes and step outside. Check out local trails or walk around your neighborhood. There's always new things to explore!

3. Try some new recipes
Who doesn't love homemade treats? Here are some that you can make for the family:


Savory Baked Apples

Apple Butter

Sweet Potato Casserole

Pumpkin Roll


And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, take a look at these fantastic side dish recipes that will make your mouth water!

4. Have a tailgate with neighbors
Who said you have to be a football fan to enjoy some time with friends? Offer to host a tailgate with your neighbors. Everyone can bring their favorite dish and you can enjoy the conversation while the game is on.

5. Enjoy a local festival
Fall is a big time of year for local festivals. A lot of towns have weekend festivals and arts and craft shows. This is a great way to see what local businesses have to offer and enjoy the nice weather. Here's a great way to find some festivals near you: http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/

6. Grab some cider
Everyone knows that Fall is time to visit the cider mill. While everyone in your town might flock to the big cider mill, try seeking out a smaller one. These usually have shorter lines and the cider is just as good.

7. Visit a local park

Leaves only change color once per year so enjoy the scenery! Find a hiking trail nearby and enjoy nature. Remember those nature trails or go to a lake playgrounds we talked about? You could get some exercise in while enjoying the view!

8. Catch a movie
A lot of big blockbuster hits are coming out this Fall. It's a great time to catch a movie on a chillier day. Or you can take advantage of a warmer night and go to a drive-in theater (yes there are still some around!).

9. Try an outdoor yoga class
Ok before you completely dismiss this one and think I am crazy for suggesting yoga, hear me out. They actually have beginners yoga and senior yoga classes in a lot of community parks. These classes have modified poses that are perfect for improving your balance.

10. Birdwatching in your own yard
Are you an animal lover? Take your binoculars to the park or even in your backyard to keep an eye out for birds this time of year. See how many you can spot and if you can identify them. If you want to attract some birds to your yard, you can even set up a small bird feeder.

Are you or a loved one active, but want to make sure you are safe or have a plan in the event of a fall? No problem! Our HOME & AWAY ULTRA Medical alert system with GPS allows you to go anywhere and still be protected 24/7. We want to help you stay active!

Make sure you download our free fall prevention guide to stay safe while enjoying these outdoor activities!

Outdoor Activities for Seniors in the Fall

The fall season can be one of the best times of the year. 

As the weather changes from the suffocating heat of summer, we begin to see days with less humidity and cooler temperatures. This crisp air is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house, soak up some sun and get outside before it becomes too cold.

As someone who is retired, you may find yourself with a lot of extra time but aren’t quite sure how to fill it. Whether you are a huge nature person or not, there are lots of activities that get you outside in the fresh air, and there is no better time than the fall. 

It is important to find activities you enjoy that exercise both your mind and body. If you are unsure of where to start, here is a list of easy activities for seniors to enjoy in the fall.

Gardening

Woman Gardening

Gardening is a great activity for seniors to participate in during any time of the year, but especially in the fall. Spending time in the garden each day is a good way to work your brain and body at the same time, so it has great physical and mental health benefits. According to one study, gardening can  reduce the risk of dementia by up to 36 percent.

Gardening can also be very satisfying because it provides a reward for all of your hard work, which can give seniors a greater sense of purpose during retirement. The fall offers lots of delicious seasonal vegetables including beets, carrots, broccoli, and garlic. In addition to vegetables, you can also grow flowers in the fall like garden mums or canna lilies. Whatever you decide to grow, gardening is something you can do alone, with family, or friends within your retirement community.

Walking

Walking during the fall is one of the best and easiest ways to enjoy the weather, and changing scenery. If you live near a park that has trails through the woods, this can be a great place to take a walk during the first few months of fall. If you walk consistently, you can get a real sense of how the leaves are changing and falling over time.

Walking is also a great way to stay active, it strengthens your muscles and lowers your risk of issues like heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, and diabetes. If you are feeling restless in your retirement, taking up walking will give your mind and body something to do.

Make sure to bring your SmartWatch PRO from Medical Care Alert with you on your walk!  You'll be able to get help if you need it, and you can track your steps with the built in pedometer to monitor your progress.

Bird Watching

elderly woman with dog outside

If you want to spend time outside, but don’t necessarily enjoy taking a walk, bird watching can be a good alternative. Some may view bird watching as boring, however, it can be a very relaxing and therapeutic activity. To make it more exciting, you can learn about the birds in your area, make a list, and try to spot as many as you can while you are out. Many birds begin migrating around this time, so you can keep an eye out for ones that are headed to warmer places, and maybe feel a little jealous.

Apple Picking

While climbing a ladder and picking the highest apple you can see could prove to be dangerous, this is not a requirement of apple picking. Many apple trees produce fruit that is low enough to reach while standing, and enjoying the atmosphere of an apple orchard is a good way to get outside and enjoy something festive.

Apple picking is also a great activity to enjoy with friends and family. If you live in a retirement home or independent living community, make the suggestion to go on an apple picking excursion.

Outdoor Events

If you would prefer more distraction while you are spending time outside, there are lots of shows and festivals throughout the fall. Look into any craft festivals, music events, or outdoor theater that are going on in your area. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything or don’t know any of the music being played, these kinds of events are a good way to get outside and enjoy the fall.