As you get older, it can be hard to motivate yourself to spend time outside—especially if you can’t move as well as you used to. Whether your limited mobility is permanent or temporary, it shouldn’t stop you from breathing in the crisp fall air. These outdoor fall activities for seniors with limited mobility are perfect for rebuilding independence and normality during these troubling times spent mostly indoors.
Walks Near Home
If you’ve only recently become burdened by limited mobility, it may be difficult to know your limits when walking. Exhaustion or pain can creep up on you at inopportune times, causing frustration. Take it easy on yourself with short walks outdoors. At first, you may need a friend or family member to walk with you. Once you’ve built up endurance, try walking further or exploring new places. Always stay safe and keep your cane or walker nearby.
Limited mobility may require you to primarily use a wheelchair. Walks with a loved one navigating your wheelchair can be an excellent bonding activity. Make sure they know how important it is to you that you spend time with each other and that you want to go outside to take in the sights of the bright fall leaves.
Spend Time at a National Park
Luckily, at Lake Oconee, you don’t need to go far to find easily accessible natural beauty. Have your loved one take you to spend time at the lake or another nearby national park. While most public spaces are supposed to be handicap accessible, you may need to check online to see just how accessible your intended destination is. Your destination should provide you with the best accessibility tools and features that allow you to go as many places as an able-bodied individual can go, even when using a wheelchair.
Sometimes the best outdoor fall activities for seniors with limited mobility are in your own backyard. Easy to navigate, if anything happens while you are outside, you can head back inside to stay safe. Ask a loved one to help make a toasty fall bonfire, or simply sit outside and enjoy the cool autumn breeze. The sanctuary of your backyard is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors if you happen to struggle with difficult chronic pain, especially if that happens to flare up on a day with beautiful weather.