Summer is on its way out, and many welcome fall. It’s all about cooler days and nights, changing colors, bringing in the harvest, and many would say football!
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What types of activities can you do in September with an elder?
Be on the Go
It’s still summer so continue to take those small trips while you can. There are lots of places to take Grandma and Grandpa or another elder while the weather is still nice. When the leaves start to change, take a trip to see the changing colors of the trees. September is a spectacular time of year for sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and the touch of outdoor life. Don’t miss it!
For a family member that loves football, he or she can get their fill. Check out their favorite team and players and schedule some football game watching and some football parties. Get a schedule for him or write the dates, times, and TV channels on a calendar. If you are long distance, discuss games and teams with a loved one over the phone. If your loved one is an avid fan, purchase team or athlete’s jerseys, hats, or other team spirit items to wear on game day.
Women’s Friendship Month
Help your female older family member to make a friend or celebrate a good friend in honor of Women’s Friendship Month. Attend a senior center luncheon, talk to neighbors, join a church group, or re-connect with old friends by helping her make a phone call or send a friendship greeting card. Older parents may start to need help being social with those they once knew or making new friends. Continued socialization is so important. You may also read about women’s friendships in Chicken Soup for the Soul : Woman to Woman: Women Sharing Their Stories of Hope, Humor, and Inspiration. These books with inspirational short stories have been used in nursing homes and by me reading to groups of seniors. They are wonderful for small discussions.
Honor Grandma and Grandpa or another elder on Grandparents Day on Sunday September 10th. See Celebrate Grandparents! for activity ideas. Also see Kids Gifts for Grandparents as well as a list of other intergenerational activities under our Grand Activities page.
Enjoy a barbecue or other get-together and reminisce about their work life.
Help a loved one decorate their home with seasonal decorations. Seeing seasonal decorations helps to keep them oriented to the time of year and brightens up a room. See this post on Decorating Nature’s Way.
For Garden Lovers
Go to the Library
September is Library Card Sign-up month. Sign-up a Senior Loved One. There is so much more than books at the library now. There’s everything from computers, to books, to audio books, classes, and more!
For families who love to reminisce, print a list of questions about Autumn Reminiscing, Reminiscing About Farming and Country Ways of Life, as well as Reminiscing About Canning! Get a journal and write these things down. Get into a habit of reminiscing with an elder and preserve their memories!
Fall Hat month
September is Fall Hat Month so dig those hats out of the closet and wear them! Or, make a fall hat by decorating it with fall flowers, scarves or ribbon. You can also decorate a fall garden hat.