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Fall Activities for Seniors

With summer often refusing to step aside until the last minute and winter seemingly arriving just after Thanksgiving, autumn often feels unfortunately brief. So take advantage of it while you can! With its moderate temperatures and glorious leaves, there’s a reason why so many people consider fall to be the best season of the year. If you’re hoping to embrace this season to the fullest but aren’t sure how to go about it, explore our list of fall activities for seniors.

Fall Activities for Seniors

Appreciate the fall foliage.

Where is your favorite place to view autumn’s colorful leaves? If you don’t already have one, maybe you should make it your mission to find the best local spot for fall foliage this year. Explore parks, neighborhoods, hiking trails, or even graveyards to find the most vibrant trees.

Go apple picking.

Many local farms allow you to pick apples directly off the trees. The varieties offered will vary, as will the ripening schedule. This a fantastic way to spend time with loved ones during autumn. Plus, afterward, you can use your bounty to make applesauce, an apple pie, or even fresh apple juice!

Paint a pumpkin.

Pick a pumpkin if you like, or simply buy one from the grocery store. Then, instead of carving it — which can be messy and strenuous — grab some paints and a paintbrush and use your artistic skills, or lack thereof, to create a fun (or freaky!) design. And if you don’t like the final product, simply paint over it!

Decorate your home with autumnal decorations.

Making or buying seasonal decor is a great way to mark the passing of the seasons, and fall lends itself exceptionally well to decorating. You could focus on nature (leaves, pumpkins, acorns, apples, etc.), veer toward spooky things (skeletons, monsters, jack-o’-lanterns), or use a combination of the two.

Complete a fall-themed jigsaw puzzle.

Jigsaw puzzles are available with all sorts of patterns these days, and of course, there are countless autumn-themed puzzles. So if you’re hoping to relax indoors, but you also want to feel more autumnal, open your window to let in the crisp fall air, grab a cup of warm apple cider, and complete a puzzle. You’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment as well as some seasonal vibes.

Explore local fall events.

Chances are, your city is hosting at least one fun event this fall. Explore your city’s events calendar or social media pages to find out what’s happening. Here in Greenville, South Carolina, we have Fall for Greenville, a “family-friendly three-day smorgasbord of food and entertainment.” You can enjoy live music, food from some of the best regional chefs, and much more!


These are just a few of our favorite fall activities for seniors. You could also think about doing some fall-themed crafts, reading books or watching movies with a fall theme, or baking seasonal treats like pumpkin pie or apple crumble. Plus, if you join a senior living community, the staff will likely schedule a variety of activities and events befitting the season. For some examples, check out our Daily Activities calendars. Residents can snack on pumpkin angel food cake, go on a scenic fall drive, or check out the Halloween party!

Are you planning to retire in Greenville, South Carolina? Be sure to check out The Gables on Pelham, a continuing care retirement community that welcomes seniors from all walks of life. We offer flexible and personalized care, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. You’ll love our cozy accommodations, fun-filled events calendar, and welcoming community atmosphere. To learn more, please schedule a tour or give us a call at 864-713-1377.