Fall brings football, hayrides and camp fires. Now that cooler weather is here, it is a lot easier to enjoy time outside. Many large cities host concerts and festivals outdoors to soak up the comfortable temperatures. This can be an enjoyable event for a senior loved one. Simply pack up a cooler, load up the camping chairs, and relax. Be sure to bring a blanket or pack a sweatshirt for your loved one as evening temperatures tend to be much cooler than the daytime temps.
Fall is the perfect time to add outings to a senior loved one’s daily activities. Many are simple and easy to do near Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Cordova, Tennessee. Taking a stroll around the neighborhood and park, visiting a local arboretum and taking drives along scenic routes to view the vibrant fall colors. Few activities can invigorate people as well as a brisk stroll through crisp autumn air. Taking a pet for a walk is also a fun way to get some fresh air and give the pup some exercise!
Some fall friendly activities for seniors include visiting the local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. There are usually hayrides and fresh cider to enjoy while also spending time with family. The outing is sure to bring a smile to an elderly loved one’s face, as well as a new pumpkin to help decorate their home. If mobility issues are a concern; perhaps picking up a pumpkin to deliver to their home will bring some seasonal cheer. Grandchildren will enjoy carving the pumpkin or simply drawing a face using marker with their senior loved one.
The temperatures are officially dropping. The need for a coat in the evenings and early mornings is becoming unavoidable. The days are getting shorter and chilly nights are growing longer. With winter fast approaching it is best to prepare an elderly loved one with proper clothing for dressing for cooler weather.
While light layering may be fine for dressing for most people, some elderly are more easily chilled with lower temperatures and might need to think about wearing more clothing during cooler fall days. If your elderly loved one is taking any medications that thin their blood, they likely to feel cold more often than not. If venturing outdoors is on the agenda, suggest they wear some sort of hat to keep more warmth in the body. Have your elderly loved one dress in layers and include an extra layer more than usual. It’s better to have items to remove than to be chilly and wish for more warmth. It also doesn’t hurt to bring a small blanket to throw on your loved one’s lap for added warmth in the chillier part of the morning and evening.
Dressing for cooler weather doesn’t have to mean pulling out the heavy parkas and winter gloves just yet. Simply wearing a button up shirt with a light cardigan will be enough to feel warmer in the morning. As the day wears on, the cardigan can be removed and sleeves rolled up on the shirt. The layering allows for adjusting with the raising temperatures during an average fall day.
Fall can get pretty rainy at times. When dressing for the cooler weather, it also important to think of potential rainfall. Bring along a raincoat and an umbrella for any pop-up storms that can accompany the changing of seasons. The best way to dress for cooler weather is to be prepared for anything. Layers, raingear, comfortable shoes, and an extra blanket are all very helpful and allow for modifications in warmth depending on what the unpredictable fall season can bring.
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