8 enjoyable fall activities for seniors

Fall is here, and while it’s not exactly the same as years past, we can still enjoy the incredible colours, the crisp air and remember that doing what we enjoy will help keep us healthy, engaged and resilient. Here are eight activities to get you into an autumn frame of mind (and body).

Plant a garden

Fall is the time to plant daffodils, tulips, crocus, allium and hyacinth bulbs. If you don’t have access to an outdoor garden, you can plant indoors in pots—paperwhites and amaryllis bulbs work well because the bulbs don’t need chilling.*

Take a nature walk

Fall is a stunningly beautiful time to take a walk in a nearby park or even down a tree-lined street. Take a minute to pause and really look at the leaves, the shape of a shrub, or the texture of tree bark. Enjoy the moment and know you’re doing good things for your mind and body.

Go apple picking or visit an outdoor flea/antique market

This year because of pandemic restrictions, many farms and farmers’ markets require advance timed-entry tickets and social distancing/mask requirements. Although it requires a little planning, a visit can still be fun and a great opportunity to be outdoors before the snow flies.

Take a trip back to childhood

Wonder what your childhood home looks like now? And does your fourth-floor walk-up apartment where you spent your first year of marriage still exist? Thanks to Google Earth* you can still travel during times of social distancing. Bring out old photos to compare then with now.

Learn to play “Words with Friends”*

Billed as the world’s most popular social mobile word game, if you have a smartphone or a tablet, you can play what is essentially Scrabble. You can play with Facebook friends, family, anyone, anywhere, or against yourself. It’s a wonderful way to challenge your brain and stay connected.

Knit, crochet, sew, macramé, paint, build, craft—create!

Fall is always a great time to get back into—or learn—a pastime that satisfies your need to create something meaningful and beautiful to you, and for those around you. Hobbies are especially important if you are alone, as they keep mind and hands occupied.

Take an online course

While signing up for a local community college or university course is probably off the table this fall, there are numerous online options available through local institutions, many for free. Openculture.com* is a website that gives access to 1,500 free online courses from top universities, 1150 free movies to stream, 700 free audio books, 800 free eBooks, and more.

Attend a virtual worship service

If you are missing weekly worship services, take note that many local houses of worship have transitioned to online services; contact yours to see if that’s the case. If they aren’t streaming a service, all major religions have online services; just Google your denomination and “online services.”

*The following sources provide references for this blog, in order of appearance:

1. HGTV. “Grow spring bulbs indoors.” Undated, online: https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planting-and-maintenance/grow-spring-bulbs-indoors-pictures

2. Google Earth. 2020, online: google.com/earth/

3. Zynga.com. “Words with Friends 2.” 2020, online: https://www.zynga.com/games/words-with-friends-2/

4. Openculture.com. 2020, online: openculture.com