5 Best Outdoor Fall Activities for Seniors

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Lincolnshire, Illinois. With temperate weather and the slow changing of the leaves that envelops the area with fiery reds, burnt oranges and other breathtaking fall colors, the setting is perfect for a cozy, heartwarming outing.

Whether you’re looking for something to do with your friends in your senior living community or with your grandchildren, check out our list for fun and enriching outdoor fall activities for seniors.

1. Gardening

Gardening might just be one of the most perfect fall activities for seniors. Not only will you soak up some healthy vitamin D, but you’ll also work your muscles and stay limber and active. If you started your garden in the summer, fall is an especially fulfilling time, as you can harvest your crop and enjoy the fruits of your labors in a number of delicious meals.

If you’re interested in planting a fall garden, look for hearty plants that can withstand the frost of an Illinois winter. Vegetables like radishes, beets and Irish potatoes are great choices. For some vibrant fall color, go for the pinks and purples of the aster or the intricate blooms of the toad lily.

2. Pumpkin Patch

A visit to a local pumpkin patch is another perennial fall activity for seniors and a rite of passage for many families. Once friends and family have chosen the perfect pumpkin, head home and enjoy pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting or, if you’re adventurous, try baking pumpkin bread or a pumpkin pie.

3. Apple Picking

Another popular fall activity for seniors is apple picking. Like the pumpkin patch, a visit to an apple orchard provides a great outdoor activity replete with a little exercise and an opportunity to select just the right apples for a delicious apple pie or apple cider.

4. Family Photos

Fall provides the perfect backdrop for an updated family photo or for a bright photoshoot with friends. Whether you decide to hire a local professional photographer or simply use your own camera, look for areas around you that can make a great location. Try wooded areas or rake a bunch of leaves into piles. Then share prints with your family and friends.

5. Natural Scenery and Fresh Air

Even if you’re not the adventurous sort, fall offers an opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the season while you’re doing everyday tasks. Open a window or sit on your porch, deck or terrace and work a jigsaw puzzle, sip some cider, or visit with friends. Walk to the mailbox or take a stroll around the community. Pack a picnic and head to a local park or spread it out in your own backyard.

Fall is Also Perfect for Touring Local Senior Living Communities

This time of year is ideal for touring senior living communities. With mild temperatures, many residents are out enjoying the scenery, and are often excited to welcome you to their community and let you know what you can expect if you choose to become their neighbor.

At Sedgebrook, we believe our Life Plan Community is the perfect place for you to live life your way. You have the freedom to choose how you’ll spend each day, no matter the season. And you stay in control of your life.

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