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5 Festive Fall Activities for Loved Ones Living With Dementia


Fall is here! The leaves are changing colors and the weather is cooling down (thankfully!) To celebrate the changing season, here are some fun and inexpensive activities to do.

Remember: All activities should be simple and unhurried.


1. Decorate Dipped Pretzel Rods


This is so fun to do! Start with a plain pretzel rod. Warm up some chocolate chips in the microwave. Dip the pretzel rod in the chocolate. Lay on parchment paper. Decorate with fall themed toppings such as, candy corn, red, yellow, and green sprinkles and even marshmallows! They can have fun decorating the pretzel rods and also enjoy eating them! 

An added idea is to ask your loved ones to participate in helping make any type of baked dish. Maybe help flour the counter before rolling out dough or help combine ingredients together. It gives them purpose when included!


2. Work on a fall-themed puzzle together

There are plenty of fall-themed puzzles to choose from but here are a few:

Make sure they are not too hard to complete.


3. Get Outside!

Adapt for different mobility needs:

Take a short stroll in your neighborhood, visit a pumpkin patch, relax on your porch, or walk through a local park.


Take a few moments to admire the beautiful colors, bundle up and breathe in the crisp air! 


4.  Play Corn hole

Corn hole is a big deal here in the South! Everyone loves to play it. Adapt the game to the ability of your loved one and have a blast doing it! Do it indoors or outside. 

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For some, fall is synonymous with football season. Get together and watch the game! Root for your favorite team. Dress up in your teams colors.  Eat the treats you made and have a blast with your family!

*provide a quiet place for your loved one living with dementia, if they are feeling overwhelmed with the commotion that often happens around watching football. 




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We hope you enjoy these activities! What are some of your favorite fall activities? Which of these are you willing to try out?

CAB provides caregiving and care management from Knoxville, all the way to Chattanooga, TN. If you're struggling with caring for a family member with dementia, we can help!

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