Happy Fall!

Rosie Purdy shares 5 ways to celebrate the first day of fall.  http://bit.ly/2fEfyIy

Here’s a brief summary of Ms. Purdy’s five ways:

  1. Watch The Leaves Change
  2. Pick Some Apples
  3. Then Cook Something Delicious With Them
  4. Don’t Forget The Pumpkins
  5. Get Your House Ready For Fall

We’re adding five more …

5 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Fall and Aging With Freedom:

  1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Longer nights are a good reminder of our current sleep patterns (or lack of them).  “Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in adults age 60 and older. People with this condition have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia can last for days, months, and even years.” Improve your sleep. Develop some new, healthy bedtime habits. See: A Good Night’s Sleep

  2. Get Outdoors. Particiapte in an outdoor activity. A walk around your neighborhood, yard clean up or a canoe ride. Enjoy being in nature during this season of change! Being outdoors with nature enhances our mood. See: Green Aging

  3. Celebrate with a Friend. Spend an afternoon with an old friend or share coffee with a new one. The first day of fall is a great reason to share a pumpkin-spice treat together. You’ll enjoy the company and strengthen your friendship! See: Making Friends After Retirement 5 ways to celebrate the first day of fall with a friend
  4. Expand Your Grateful Heart. Gratitude is a popular topic in the fall. Begin your own personal focus on the first day of the season with some gratitude work. Write a long over due thank you note, begin a daily gratitude journal or commit to a volunteer activity/group. See: A Grateful Heart: 4 steps to make you happier and more grateful, 365 Thank Yous and 8 Ways To Have More Gratitude Every Day
  5. Create a Fall Prevention Program. The first day of Autumn historically kicks off a month long focus on the prevention of physical falls. This Autumn, create your personal Fall Prevention Program to maintian good balance. “More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling—and fall-related problems—rises with age.” See: Prevent Falls and Fractures and Osteoporosis in Aging and How to Improve Balance As You Age with 5 Easy Exercises
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby