Experiencing autumn…with seniors

For many New Englanders, autumn is our favorite time of year.  And for many seniors, even those with dementia, the sights and flavors of autumn can still bring joy…

After my father-in-law’s Alzheimer’s became advanced to the point where he needed full-time care, my mother-in-law was there for him. Every day. Charlie had been a workaholic his whole life, but always loved the outdoors. At home he was quiet, but when he would ride along with my mother-in-law on Connecticut’s beautiful tree-lined roads, he would perk up and constantly comment on the beautiful colors. It was rather extraordinary.

Charlie also enjoyed his sweets. Fresh-baked apple pie in the fall was a treat he truly cherished. Even when conversation was difficult, the smile on his face when he would take a bite of warm pie with vanilla ice cream was worth a thousand words.

Embrace this time of year. Take your elderly loved ones for a ride to see the changing colors. And then stop for a cup of cider or a slice of warm apple pie. Just don’t forget the vanilla ice cream.


by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Advanced Member of The Aging Life Care Association