The first day of autumn is September 22nd! Celebrate the fall season with your senior residents by adding in one, two, or even more of the following ideas from notjustbingo.com to your senior activity calendar.
Taste of Autumn Social – Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a special lunch or even a fun dessert for residents that feature the common fall flavors of cinnamon, apple, and nutmeg.
Crunchy Leaf Walk – On September 22, welcome the season by leading residents on a fun walk around your facility to admire the colorful leaves and the changes that autumn brings. They can even bring some leaves back to the facility and explore them with magnification blocks.
Square Dance Hoe-Down – Get residents in the mood for fall by hosting an autumn kick-off party with a fun Square Dance Hoe-Down, in which you teach residents how to square dance.
Harvest Ball – Encourage residents to get dressed for a fun harvest dance in your Activity Room. Make the event special by hiring an entertainer to perform.
Autumn Hats – Plan a hat-making class for residents on the first day of fall. Use your sewing machine to assemble the hats, or teach residents how to make no-sew hats with fall colored construction paper. They can cut out leaves and pumpkins to glue to their hats.
Trip to Farmer’s Market – Take residents on a fun trip to your local farmer’s market to take in the autumn colors of this season’s popular crops.
Fall Sweater Party – Encourage residents to wear their favorite fall sweaters on the first day of autumn. You can even host an Ugly Fall Sweater Contest.
Fall Wine Picnic – Host a wine tasting out on your facility’s back patio as you encourage residents to enjoy a wine and cheese afternoon social. Consider serving non-alcoholic wine as well.
Apple Cider Taste Test – Purchase several different brands of apple cider for your residents to sample and vote on the winning apple cider.
Autumn Garden Party – Invite residents to your facility’s garden on the first day of autumn to help you brainstorm what to plant in the garden for the season.
Hayride – Take residents on a fun hayride to enjoy the beautiful scenery and colorful leaves.
Raking Leaves Contest – Host a fun Minute-to-Win-It challenge in your facility’s backyard by recruiting residents and staff members to compete to see who can rake the most leaves in one minute.
Fresh Air Walk – Encourage residents to get some fresh autumn air on this first day of the season as you take them on a “nature hike” through your facility’s backyard.
For a great selection of autumn decorations, crafts,and supplies, visit www.ssww.com/autumn
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