Though the season’s official start is September 23rd, stores are already stocking mums, hay bales, and corn stalks; apple cider, butternut squash and candy corn graces grocery store aisles.
And just as assisted living communities wrap up National Assisted Living Week programs and events, staff and residents are gearing up for all things fall – pumpkin decorating, apple picking trips, hay rides, harvest parties, foliage tours, and costume balls.
With the temperatures dropping, the emphasis on outdoor activities shifts. Assisted living homes may offer hot cider & cookies in the library instead of lemonade & ice cream on the porch. Culinary activities like bread-making and apple-pie baking appear on the calendar. It’s likely that the activities director has been in contact with local nursery/elementary schools to schedule a Halloween parade for the month’s intergenerational event. Reminiscing circles turn to memories of school days, Thanksgiving dinners, apple butter churning, and pumpkin carving.
Visitors and family members are always encouraged to participate with their loved ones in special events and activities planned by the assisted living staff. But if your family has a favorite fall tradition, there’s no reason not to invite your loved one along – or bring the activity to the assisted living residence.
What’s your favorite fall activity?