As our aging adults entering the cooler months of Pennsylvania’s fall and winter, there are still so many activities to be enjoyed outside in the comfort of lower temperatures and with the backdrop of beautiful changing trees. Let’s take a look as we explore some easy and accessible activities that can help to make the fall that much more colorful at any age.
Take Indoor Activities Outside
Most everything you’ve been enjoying doing from the comfort of your air conditioning inside over the last few months can now be enjoyed from the new comfort of the season’s cooler temperatures. Scrapbooking, reading, journaling, even phone calls are all better with fresh air, a cool breeze, and warm sun. Plus, a little bit of time outside every day is so healthy for all of us and especially our aging friends.
All you need for this fun fall activity is some wax paper, colorful leaves, and heavy objects like books or a rolling pin. Collect leaves nearby and then place them between two sheets of wax paper. Press them between a heavy object or roll over them with a rolling pin to create beautifully preserved fall leaves which can be used in a variety of arts and craft projects.
Paint Mason Jars
You can find old mason jars just about anywhere lately. Pick up some unique styles from a thrift store and some colorful fall paint colors from a craft store. Then spend time outside at a table or on a bench carefully painting the inside of the jars. Allow them to dry in the fall sunshine and soon you will have a beautiful display for dried flowers or simply to display all on their own.
Photograph the Fall Changes
If you or someone you know has a camera you can borrow, bring it along during your next visit with your aging loved one to use to capture the beauty of the season. Take turns snapping what catches your eye. This could be a colorful tree or plant, children playing in the neighborhood, a sunset or sunrise, and definitely any creatures of nature you may come across. Then what you do with these photos is completely up to you! They may be worthy of a full scrapbook to commemorate the year, or maybe one key image is perfect for a frame.
How do you plan to make the most of the fall season, especially with your aging loved ones? Join in the conversation by leaving a comment below.