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It’s one of the most spectacular times of the year when the weather cools down, and the trees begin to shed. It’s almost impossible to not want to head out, take a walk, or just hang out with your friends to admire the beauty together.
The elder in your house feels the same way, in fact even more, if they spend a large portion of their time indoors or in their rooms. A routine like that is certain to take its toll on the physical and mental health of the elderly.
Here are some fun fall activities for the beloved seniors around you:
• Photography
Forget digital photos and invest in a Polaroid camera–or look for an old one. With the camera in hand, you can spend a beautiful day outside with your loved one and capture special memories.
You can invite even more people who are close to that individual to make their day. Just make sure you wrap your elder in enough layers to keep them warm and protected. Do not venture too far away from home and for too long.
A brisk walk along a beautiful path, with a camera to take pictures of it is certainly going to be good for the seniors’ physical and mental health.
• Baking/Cooking
If the elder in your care is someone, who used to be an avid cook or a keen baker, then you can use that as an opportunity to bring them out of their room. They don’t really have to cook or bake. It can be a great bonding experience, where they can share their recipes and direct you to concoct their favorite dish. Opt for this activity when it begins to get colder outside.
Cooking and baking is an excellent way to calm down and feel useful. It will help the elders feel like they are back in control. Not to mention the amazing feeling that comes with the delicious aroma of something baking in good weather.
• Volunteering
Encourage the senior in your care to volunteer. It will give them a chance to interact with people of all generations, give them a chance to use their skills and knowledge for a cause and gain a rewarding experience.
Additionally, volunteering plays a role in boosting cognitive health and ensuring physical health.
No matter what you are doing, just make sure to include your beloved elder in it. Do not deprive a sick elderly person experiencing fun activities either, just call a home care service to take care of their health while you take care of their entertainment.