5 Fall Activities for Seniors and Families

5 Fall Activities for Seniors and Families

Fall is a wonderful season full of colorful leaves, crisp air, and cozy fires. It's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather with friends and family. If you're looking for some fun fall activities to do with your loved ones and residents, look no further! Below you will find 5 ideas for enjoying the season.

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Why You Need to Share Your Story 5 Minute Storytelling – A Legacy Recorder Podcast

The Legacy Recorder is all about the importance of sharing our stories and memories with the people we love and even strangers. In this episode, the host shares a personal story of how someone printed and kept one of her Facebook posts, and how it was discovered after their passing. This experience was a beautiful reminder of how our words and stories can have untold impacts that we may never know about. By sharing our experiences, we create a deep and connected meaning to the story we're telling, and it can help others who may be going through similar experiences. Join the 5 Minute Storytelling podcast by The Legacy Recorder as they encourage you to share your stories and make an impact in someone else's life today. 5 Minute Storytelling – https://www.thelegacyrecorder.com/5-minute-storytelling Paid consult – https://www.thelegacyrecorder.com/consult — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/5minutestorytelling/message
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Use the Fall Seasonal Prompts to Spark Fall Memories

Use these prompts to help someone explore a favorite fall memory. You can ask about something specific like a smell or widespread tradition to help get your storyteller started. 

  • Do you have a favorite fall memory?
  • What happened?
  • Who was with you?
  • When did your favorite fall memory happen?
  • Where did your favorite fall memory happen?
  • Why did it happen? How did it come about?
  • How does this favorite spring memory make you feel?
  • Why do you want to remember this spring memory?
  • What do you want people to remember about this spring memory?

Questions and prompts are a great way to kick off meaningful conversations. Check out the Legacy Scavenger Hunt here to help your kids create memorable moments with their loved ones. Kids have a way of getting people to open up and share the best stories. Invited families to reconnect with their loved ones this season.

Nurture this season with fall activities with seniors and residents to help them create memorable moments with their loved ones. Residents can use the Legacy Scavenger Hunt to get to know each other better and build rapport.

Frightful prompts and stories

Have you ever experienced something truly frightful or terrifying? Start a storytelling conversation centered around a topic like this and you never know where you will end up 🤣 . You may find even more chilling memories buried deep inside your subconscious. Remember to share your stories when you are working with someone to help them tell their stories.

  • What was the greatest #halloween #fright of your life?
  • Who was with you?
  • What happened?
  • When did this moment happen?
  • Where did this moment happen?
  • Why did this moment happen?
  • Why is this moment important to you?
  • How does this moment make you feel?
  • What do you want people to remember about this moment?

You can explore more about fear and how you were able to overcome it here. 

Looking for a way to capture your frightful stories? Check out the Halloween Storytelling Activity Kit. This activity kit includes a few ways to tell stories and Halloween-inspired prompts. The kit is perfect for the residents in your care, small humans you love, or you 😍 You will find everything you need to plan and host a Halloween Storytelling Activity Session and can have access instantly!

Getting Outside

Chances are there are more than a few things happening outside right now. Take a peek at your local events to see if anything fits in with what you are able to do and are comfortable with. If those things aren’t an option, never fear. Here are a few storytelling things you can do outside…

  • Take an imaginative walk – make up stories about the things you see
  • Tell a story about a house as you walk through your neighborhood
  • Habitat Walk – observe and describe the habitats you see
  • Play “I spy with my little eye” – this game really never gets old
  • Go on a nature walk and look for signs of autumn
    • Ask – Can you find any red or orange leaves? How about acorns or pinecones?

Use the Fall Storytelling Activity Kit

This activity kit includes a few ways to tell stories and fall-inspired prompts. The kit is perfect for the residents in your care, small humans you love, or you 😍 You will find everything you need to plan and host a Fall Storytelling Activity Session.

Fall Craft – Leaf Rubbings

If you're looking for a creative way to spend time with your residents, try making leaf rubbings. They are so simple and yet the best! I loved telling stories about where each leaf came from before we picked it up – like what they saw during their travels around town or state-wide adventures that made them end up here at home in our little corner of the world.

It’s a great activity help spark the imagination and gives hands something to do while your residents share their fall memories and made-up stories. If you can’t get your hands on leaves, anything with texture will do!

Fall Activities for Seniors and Beyond

Obviously, this isn't a complete list of everything you can do with seniors and families in fall. Things I didn't mention include apples and apple butter and pie-making. You can find more thoughts on baking memories and stories here. I hope you have gotten some inspiration to tell new stories and ask different questions. As always, remember to share your story when you ask someone else about theirs. Happy fall!