Autumn is a delightful season. The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy, and it’s the last chance to enjoy being outdoors without bundling on the sweaters. If you prefer to get in the mood with indoor activities, there are plenty of seasonal activities that you and your loved one can enjoy together. On the other hand, if you want to get outside and soak up the chilly weather, it’s easy to find low-key ways to enjoy the outdoors as a full family. From soup-making to leaf-watching, here are some easy activities to enjoy with your loved one in an assisted living community in Mankato.
Decorate for Fall
Work together to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Decorating for fall can bring back nostalgic memories of going to school, or sending children off to school. There are simple ways to decorate a loved one’s room for autumn. The first way is to head outdoors and gather up seasonal items. Look for beautiful leaves on the ground that have already changed color. Pick up some acorns from the ground. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze together and take home some tiny gourds or wheat sheaves to decorate. These more traditional elements can bring a lot of joy to someone who spends a lot of time indoors. Plus, they’re more eco-friendly than any of the plastic dollar store decorations you can buy.
On the other hand, perhaps your loved one has a taste for the kitschy. In this case, take a few dollars to the nearest dollar store and go crazy. Plastic pumpkins, crashing witches, zombie wreaths, and more. If you’re feeling crafty, pick up some craft paper in autumn colors: red, yellow, orange, brown. Revisit those kindergarten crafts and cut out some leaves to make your own wreath. Create a beautiful collage of leaves in their front window. If they don’t want to make a big hubbub, look for something small that can adorn their dining table. A small gourd and a lovely red cinnamon candle can achieve a seasonal feel with minimal mess.
Back to School Make-Believe
For people in dementia care in Mankato, September could bring up conflicting emotions. There is the excitement of the back-to-school season but perhaps confusion about their own life and age. People of all ages and experiences can get into the back-to-school spirit in September. It’s a good excuse to purchase new office supplies and learn something new.
If your loved one in dementia care in Mankato is interested, look for some make-believe back-to-school items to decorate their home. A classic green chalkboard is an elegant addition. Give them some chalk and they can practice their ABCs just like in the good old days. Find some new books at the library and encourage them to learn something new with you. It’s possible that the assisted living community in Mankato is putting on a class that your loved one might like to attend. Do a full clean-out of their desk and present them with freshly sharpened pencils to round out the make-believe.
Cooking & Baking
Most people never lose their appreciation for good food. Whether or not they’re able to prepare it themselves, good seasonal food can be the perfect way to get into the autumn spirit. For people without a sweet tooth, look for autumnal soup recipes or roasted vegetable dishes. There’s nothing like a roasted squash with beets and garlic to evoke the flavors of autumn. Plus, it’s easy to make. Just swing by the grocery store and chuck them in the oven as soon as you arrive for your visit. You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner together without sacrificing any quality time.
If your loved one has a sweet tooth, autumn is the beginning of the most delicious few months of the year. From spooky sweets to Christmas treats, there are lots of seasonal recipes available during this time of the year. Pick up some canned pumpkin to make pie or pumpkin bread. Whip up some dark chocolate cupcakes and add some cinnamon frosting. Dip apples in caramel to create an autumn classic.
Not everyone wants to add a bunch of decorations to their house or go on an energetic walk in the woods. For people with mobility challenges or who simply prefer a lower energy autumn activity, movie night is a great solution. If you have younger children coming along to visit assisted living in Mankato, a movie night can be a great way to bring multiple generations together. Pop in a movie like Casper and little ones can cuddle up on grandma’s couch with a blanket. Grownups can watch too, of course, while snacking on popcorn and catching up on life.
Make sure to check the schedule at the assisted living community in Mankato. Often there are seasonal film screenings put on by the facility. Invite your loved one to a film screening downstairs and enjoy a relaxing seasonal night of entertainment together. These are great for much older people who don’t have the energy to get through a full day adventure or theatre screening. It’s easy for them to simply return to their rooms when they get tired.
Finally, the most important thing to do in every season is spending time together. Don’t let crafts or cooking become a task that gets in the way of you spending quality time together. Having a conversation over a cup of tea is infinitely more meaningful to your loved one than the perfect tiny pumpkin. The more that you can bring with you on your visit, the better. Don’t expect your loved one to do too much work, but continue inviting them to participate in seasonal activities. Autumn is just ahead of major holidays and holidays can feel lonely for older people who live alone. This is a great time of year to spend extra time with your loved one.
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