In many parts of the country, temperatures are falling and leaves are displaying brilliant reds and vibrant oranges – autumn is here.
For many this is also a new season of life – fewer responsibilities, more time to explore your interests and changing traditions. As adult children mature and grandchildren grow, it’s the perfect time to reshape some of the ways you celebrate with friends and family.
Perhaps you will discover that you now have time to perfect your Thanksgiving tablescape. Or, perhaps you will decide you prefer a day trip to a weeklong fall camping adventure.
However your celebrations evolve, there are lots of fun and creative ways to embrace the autumn season as seniors. Here are five of our recommendations:
Make a Thankful Tree
This simple craft is the perfect project to do with grandkids – and a great way to practice gratitude at any age.
First, go outside to find a couple of branches and then put them in a vase. Next, use scissors to cut colorful construction paper into the shape of a leaf. Create 15 to 20 leaves.
Ask friends or family to write something they are thankful for on each leaf. Then, secure the leaves to the branches with a clothespin or ribbon.
Continue to add leaves to your “tree” throughout the month of November in preparation for Thanksgiving. Your thankful tree could make a meaningful centerpiece or a great addition to your fall decor.
Thanksgiving is commonly thought of as a time to gather with family, but a new tradition called Friendsgiving is a fun twist.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Friendsgiving is a blend of friend and Thanksgiving. It refers to a large meal eaten with friends either on or near Thanksgiving.
Friendsgiving is often a casual potluck meal where everyone is welcome. It’s a time when fellowship is just as important as the food.
It’s gaining popularity among people of all ages, but it’s especially enjoyed among friends in residential communities – like college dorms or senior living and retirement communities.
Friendsgiving could be a fun way to connect with friends this season and a great way to include friends who may not have family who live nearby.
S’mores have long been a highlight of fall camping trips. However, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy one of these tasty treats at home – with or without a campfire.
Wood-burning fireplaces and chimineas are perfect for roasting marshmallows and enjoying a cozy evening.
If roasting marshmallows the traditional way isn’t practical for you, try indoor s’mores. You can still savor the gooey marshmallow, melted chocolate, and crunchy graham crackers with the help of an oven or toaster oven.
However you make them, s’mores are sure to be a hit with your friends and family. Consider inviting friends or grandkids over to enjoy this classic dessert.
Attend or Volunteer at Fall Festival or Farmer’s Market
Check around town and in your Senior Star community to see what autumn activities are offered. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and farmers’ markets are all opportunities to celebrate autumn.
Many of these fun events are also looking for volunteers to run a booth, serve as a greeter or pass out candy. Not only will you have an opportunity to enjoy fall festivities, but you can also connect with others and give back to your community.
Take a Scenic Drive
If you live near an area with colorful fall foliage, plan a trip to scope out the colors on a scenic drive.
Consider organizing a day trip with your Senior Star community. Traveling via bus will allow you to relax, focus on the sights and converse with friends. You could make plans for your group to stop for a picnic lunch or points of interest along the way.
When you live in a community, there is always someone eager to share in your adventures. As a senior, you have the flexibility to plan your trip when the leaves are at their peak. Take advantage of these opportunities and enjoy the freedoms of senior living.
Are you ready to embrace a new season of life with fewer responsibilities? Senior living communities can help you enjoy your retirement your way with less time spent on home maintenance, laundry and housekeeping.