November 17, 2023
The arrival of football season, cooler temperatures and fall foliage all mark the beginning of autumn. But, right around the corner comes the holiday season. Now's the time to focus on your senior wellness as you prepare for the months ahead. Fortunately, the cooler autumn weather gives you the opportunity to step away from the air conditioning in Independent Living, at least for a few hours, and enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities in comfort.
Below is a look at a few activities you can do this autumn to promote your physical and mental well-being.
With a new season comes a renewed opportunity to build a new mindset. Throughout the year, it's all too easy to forget the many things you have to be thankful for, but autumn is the perfect time to remember. Best of all, taking the time to be grateful can help improve your physical and mental health by reducing stress, building relationships, improving your mood and boosting your self-esteem. Some ways you can express gratitude this autumn include:
With summer vacations over and schedules returning to normal, autumn can be the ideal time to bring your loved ones together for sun, food and laughter. For example, consider hosting or going to a pumpkin painting party.
Fortunately, pumpkins are readily available during the fall months, so ask everyone to pick one up on their way to the party. Then, all you need is some paint, paintbrushes and a little creativity. You can even hold some friendly competitions to see who can create the funniest, scariest, most detailed or best pumpkin-in-disguise.
Be sure to have your camera on hand, so you can take pictures — you’re sure to create plenty of memories to look back on and laugh.
One of the best things about autumn is the beautiful changes in nature. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the area’s best fall foliage. While not all trees in the Sun City area change colors, several plant varieties do. You may be able to spot some of these plants by taking a nature walk.
If you don’t mind taking a little drive, you can enjoy a better view of Arizona’s fall foliage. For example, Boyce Thompson Arboretum in nearby Superior is a great spot for viewing fall foliage. Other spots include Oak Creek Canyon, just 2 hours north, or the Ramsey Canyon Preserve, located about 3 hours away.
Leaves start to change color by mid-September, but for the best views, you might want to wait until later in the year, such as late October or November. In some spots, fall foliage can even be seen throughout the month of December. You’ll want to take a light jacket, good walking shoes and, of course, your camera.
Bring some peace and tranquility to your mind and body by taking part in one or more of the above activities. Contact Royal Oaks today at (523) 208-6621 to learn more about our Independent Living services and everything our community has to offer.