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Ways for Seniors to Enjoy Fall from a Pittsburgh Personal Care Home
Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to enjoy the cooler temperatures, beautiful scenery, and the upcoming holiday season! Here are some great ways for you and your loved one to enjoy fall from The Haven at North Hills, a personal care home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
Go for A Scenic Walk
One of the easiest, yet most rewarding ways to appreciate autumn is to simply get outside and go for a walk! With the cooler temperatures, it is much easier to spend time outdoors without the fear of overheating and dehydration. Make sure that you and your loved one are bundled up according to the temperature and take a stroll. Seniors can see the beautiful fall foliage, get some gentle exercise, and use the walk as an opportunity to socialize and spend time with friends or family. Our residents can stick to the campus walking grounds, which are secured and offer plenty of places to enjoy the scenery.
Decorate for Fall
Another great way to get into the fall spirit is to decorate for the season! Whether your loved one wants to decorate their own space or enlist the help of friends and family, some simple decorations could spruce up their daily lives and make them enjoy fall even more! Have a decorating party–pick up some orange, yellow and red items to create some fall cheer in their living space! A few other ways to get some fall decorations for your loved one’s living space is to visit a pumpkin patch and pick up some little orange pumpkins or gourds to bring home. Even adding some autumn-themed scented candles or air fresheners to a space can help seniors make the most out of fall.
Start Eating for The Season
Sometimes the best way to feel like you are entering the fall season is to eat like it! Some meals that always feel very autumn-appropriate are pumpkin-flavored foods, like pie, bread, or if you are a coffee person, some pumpkin spice lattes. Some other “fall” feeling foods are apples, which are always perfect this time of year. It’s time to bring out whatever food or beverages that remind your loved one of fall, be it shepherd’s pie, turkey and cranberry sauce, or apple cider. It’s okay to eat your feelings–if they’re your feelings of excitement for this fall!
Make a Fall Bucket List
One way to make sure seniors are enjoying their fall and doing all the things that make them happy in this season, is to make a bucket list. Sit down with your loved one and compile a list of “fall” activities that they would like to complete, so they can plan accordingly! Whether it is a weekly lunch on the patio with a friend to enjoy the crisp air, or a trip to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, they can put all their favorite fall activities on their list. This will help them make the most of the season and help prevent that always irksome moment where one doesn’t know what they should do that day!
What are you waiting for? Fall is here! The fall equinox has passed, so there’s no time like the present to start enjoying autumn! Get outside for a walk, start making some snickerdoodles and drinking apple cider, pick up a fall-themed tablecloth, or start writing your bucket list. Or, if you and your senior loved one are feeling particularly ambitious, do all of the above! The Haven at North Hills is a beautiful place to spend your autumn, so don’t miss out on the seasonal fun!
Gardening is a relaxing, productive activity that can help lower stress and support our mental health. But just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean we have to wait until next year to enjoy gardening. Fall is the best time to plant perennial flower bulbs, which bloom year after year!
Check with your local nursery for recommendations on what to plant. There are a range of choices--daffodils, tulips, allium, and hyacinth are 4 of the hardiest perennials for all planting zones. When spring comes around, you can look for your budding flowers!
Food is a critical component of not only our health, but our overall happiness and well being. That’s why we place a large emphasis on the importance of healthy eating. The food we eat every day plays a huge role in our brain function, and that doesn’t change as we get older. In fact, it’s even more important!: ow.ly/FQ7O50KWcuY