Fall is officially among us! The change of season brings with it new sights, smells and activities. The leaves begin to bloom radiant colors of fiery oranges and reds. Apple cider is sold in every grocery store and local market. Hay bales, scarecrows and pumpkins begin to adorn front porches, and the smells of wood burning bonfires and spicy pumpkin pie linger in the crisp air. Turn off the air conditioner, open your windows and go outside. It’s time to take advantage of one of the most wonderful times of the year. Here is a list of fall-themed senior activities that will allow you to take full advantage of this stunning season.
Apple Picking: This fall season take in the beauty that is the outdoors. Encounter the changing of the crisp autumn leaves, take in the brisk and refreshing air, and last, but certainly not least, pick some apples. Apples are one of the easiest, and tastiest fruits to pick. They’re juicy, don’t bruise easily, come in a variety of flavors, store well, and can be eaten fresh, cooked or canned. Apples also make many healthy and appetizing dishes. Apple crisp anyone?
Here are some tips to keep in mind prior to your picking. Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree are the most ripe. Picking apples can be quite easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist. Don’t wash your apples until just before you start to use them to prevent spoilage. Have any leftover apples? Make a warm cup of apple cider on a cool day. Want to bring that wonderful spicy smell of apples into your home? Fill a saucepan half fullith water then add a sliced apple and some cinnamon sticks. Bring it to a boil then turn it to a slow simmer. Remember to add water periodically because it will boil away. Your home will smell like you’ve been baking apple pie all day.
Pumpkin Carving: How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern? With a pumpkin patch! What can make sitting outside on the porch with a cup of your apple cider even better? Transforming a pumpkin into a spooktacular pumpkin. This fall get your creative juices flowing and get to carving. Hold a contest to see who can come up with the funniest, scariest, and most original pumpkin. This will make for an enjoyable arts and crafts day. Even try adding an LED candle inside your jack-o-lantern to make for a festive porch or window decoration for all to see. What’s even better? Arthur Home and Eberhardt Village offer a courtyard and a patio, the perfect place to put your carving skills to the test. The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Illinois is also a great place to pick up a pumpkin and take in the scenery.
Picnic: Winter is coming! Before it gets here, go on a picnic one last time while the weather permits. A picnic can be on the porch or deck, or going to the nearest park to find a beautiful shade tree. Another good idea is to do a potluck with the other residents. Whip up your favorite seasonal recipes and dishes. Bon appetite!
Pie Bake-Off: Attention pie bakers of all ages! Host a pie contest and enjoy the opportunity to taste and bake family recipes among your peers. Gather with friends and family, and residents of your senior community, in the kitchen and hold a pie bake-off. Bake one or two pies of your choosing. Wait until they have cooled and add vanilla bean ice cream and let the staff be the judges. Have them vote for their favorite pie. Whatever leftovers you have, serve them as dessert for everyone. It’s a win-win for all. Plus, who doesn’t love free pie? Let the games begin!
Fall Foliage Tour: The Arthur Home and Eberhardt Village assisted living center are both located in Illinois, the beautiful Midwest, which you can experience all four seasons. This is the perfect place to plan for a foliage tour to see the stunning multi-colored leaves before they fall from the trees. When you’re staying at Arthur Home or Eberhardt Village, you can enjoy their park and watch the beautiful leaves changing. Don’t forget to bring your own camera and capture memories from the event. Make it a contest by printing off a list of different types of trees and have everyone mark off the trees they see. Have a fun award for the person who identifies the most trees. Best to have them collect a leaf from each tree species to share.
‘Fall’ in love with this holiday season and all the activities that are out there just waiting for you! Remember, it’s the small things in life that end up being the big moments.