It’s October in Texas! Finally, those beautifully sunny, not-so-hot days are here, and it’s time to enjoy a fall road trip with your aging parent or other loved ones. There are so many activities and events during this season that a caregiver can find a fall festival, a flea market or a simple drive through a nearby park an engaging activity for their loved ones.
Below are just a few activities to consider, based on the level of activity that’s appropriate for the seniors in your life.
- Fall foliage excursion – One of the hallmarks of autumn is the changing of the leaves. There’s something about the annual explosion of color that’s irresistible. If you live near a park and your loved one likes to take walks, definitely plan to spend some time watching the leaves change over the next few weeks. For those whose aging parents may be less ambulatory, a weekend drive through a wooded area can be very diverting.
- Apples are in supply – Although Texas isn’t known for apple orchards, it’s an excellent time to plan a trip to your local produce market or farmer’s market. Several varieties of apples are available for snacking or baking. Introduce your children to some of Grandmom’s favorite recipes with an afternoon of baking an apply pie. It’s an excellent way to introduce your children to family history while including Mom or Dad in the preparation by asking them to pitch in by peeling or coring a few apples.
- Halloween decorating – Speaking of Halloween, you can involve your favorite senior in getting the house ready for trick-or-treaters. Helping to make ghoulish decorations, painting or drawing faces on jack-o-lanterns, shopping for treats, and putting together ready-made bags of treats for spooky visitors can keep your senior occupied and feeling like part of the season.
- Keep gardening – Seniors who love gardening don’t have to stop just because summer is over. Mums, marigolds, zinnias, and others do well in the fall; more importantly, there are numerous bulbs
that need to be planted in the fall so that they can pop up in the spring.
- Take in a game – Football season is here, and perhaps your senior loved one would like to go see a game or two. It doesn’t have to be a pro game, either; a high school football game can be just as much fun, especially if there’s a grandchild playing, cheering, or performing in the band.
What are your favorite fall traditions that your family celebrates? Please share your ideas with our readers in the space below.