The Late Summer/Fall seasons herald the kickoff of pleasurable and entertaining events with family and friends. Who doesn’t look forward to picnics in the park, outdoor family reunions and weekends at the lake, river, or the beach?
If you’re a family caregiver, this season of increased activity isn’t always good news, especially since a loved one might be apprehensive about going out. If you’re an older adult tired of being cooped up, you might have a different view. Getting back in action could be higher on your priority list.
A little pre-planning can help make it easier for an older adult to take part in fall festivities, even if health, mobility, and stamina threaten the fun. However, if you or a loved one isn’t up to more robust activities, check out this list of fun things to do. If you’re planning activities together, make sure loved ones participating are not ill or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
A Day of Painting or Coloring
With the popularity of adult coloring books, you can enjoy this pleasing pastime with all the generations. If your family is particularly artistic, you might even want to try your hand at watercolors and paint self-portraits to share with the entire family.
If the weather is nice, lunch on the patio or deck may be a great alternative if you or an older adult no longer has the endurance to leave the family home. Pack up a picnic basket with all her favorite foods, put out a checkered tablecloth and you’re set!
A Visit to the Park
A trip to the park, even if you must drive an older adult there, is a good way to help relive their memories of taking younger children to the playground on warm, sunny days. Sit on the park bench and reminisce.
Gardening is a favorite hobby for many seniors. If you or your mom can no longer maintain a garden, planting flowers, herbs and vegetables in pots is a great alternative. Check out ideas online and on Pinterest or go to your favorite garden center. Many have gardening classes and activities, too.
Start a Book Club
If Dad or Mom still enjoys reading, why not find a book or two that would interest them, and one or two other members of the family, or a couple of friends! Gather the group for coffee and tea and share thoughts about the book. There are also online book clubs for older adults if you or your senior loved one would prefer that option.
Let’s continue to stay safe and find fun ways to keep our seniors engaged in our daily activities as well. As shared many times, “It takes a Village”!
Home Instead Senior Care
7058 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
703-740-6644 . www.homeinstead.com
(In the Annandale Shopping Center at Gallows Road)
ABOUT: Home Instead is the largest provider of Home Care services with locations across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Our local Southern Fairfax County franchise is the largest in Virginia and has an outstanding reputation in serving our community for over 15 years.
Our Team works closely to schedule and provide services from companion care, light housekeeping, laundry, organizing closets, changing bed linens, transportation, watering plants, cooking, and preparing meals to physical assistance such as helping you to walk, groom, shower, dress, use the restroom or change incontinent products, assist in feeding, provide medication reminders, and some nursing services.
We find it a privilege to enhance and support our community members who need assistance, whether it is for 4 hours a couple times a week, or around the clock care. We are located next to Silverado Restaurant at 7058 Columbia Pike in Annandale and can be reached 24 hours a day at is 703-750-6644.
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