Older Adults celebrate ‘30 Days of Autumn’ in a bid to prevent COVID-19.

Local day care provider, Affinity Day Care C.I.C. have been showing older adults across Northampton that the change in season is a time to enjoy and celebrate rather than fear.

Autumn and Winter can be difficult for all of us as the nights draw in, temperatures fall and seasonal effective disorder kicks in. The change of season can be especially impactful for older adults, who are more susceptible to catching infections like COVID-19 and are often less inclined to venture out during the colder months. With COVID-19 cases remaining high in the UK and more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 living alone, the combination of loneliness and the pandemic during Autumn and Winter could be deadly.

 

That’s why local day care provider, Affinity Day Care C.I.C., has chosen to celebrate the change in season and show older adults that they can safely be as active at this time of year as they can in Spring and Summer.

Affinity has two sites in Northampton; St James and Duston and launched ‘30 days of Autumn’ at the beginning of October. The campaign has seen them continue to be as active as they would usually be and continue to appreciate the great outdoors. Each day that the centres are open (Mondays – Fridays), a new, Autumn themed activity takes place. Activities have been broad ranging from trips out to Harlestone Firs and Overstone Grange Farm as well as scavenger hunts and nature walks in the local area.

Fern Overton, Director, Affinity Day Care C.I.C. said:

“As the weather gets colder and the nights get darker, Autumn and Winter can be a very sad and scary time for older adults. We are determined to show our Affinity family all the beautiful and amazing things about this season.

 

“It really is a time to celebrate. Our staff have been brilliant at ensuring everyone can get out and enjoy daylight and nature which are so important for wellbeing. Our wonderful staff and volunteers always assist our clients and make sure coats and gloves are at the ready, so everyone stays warm, happy and healthy.”

Not only have Affinity been enjoying outdoor activities, but there’s also been plenty of autumnal fun inside the two centres. The gang have been making the most of seasonal apples by turning them into crumble and toffee apples as well as baking cookies and enjoying hot chocolate. They’ve been carving pumpkins, making Halloween decorations and creating Remembrance poppies by painting the bottoms of plastic bottles for display by Duston Parish Council. There’s also been some planting of bulbs ready for Spring and lots of sensory activities and puzzles.

Fern Overton, Director, Affinity Day Care C.I.C. said:

“As well as keeping minds and bodies active, the clients have been loving the hot seasonal home-cooked lunches like chicken pie and sausage casserole. Looking after themselves and eating nutritious food is crucial in being able to fight off the flu and COVID-19.

 

“It’s been brilliant to hear the clients say ‘I can’t remember the last time I did this’. It shows that activities they used to do at this time of year are still available to them. We even had one of our 90-year-olds go down a slide for the first time in decades!”

30 Days of Autumn is set to continue during October and early November, climaxing in a projected firework display around a portable indoor bonfire with lots of marshmallows. To follow what the gang get up to, head to @affinitydaycarecic on Facebook.

To find out more or to book a free telephone assessment, call 01604 372744, email info@affinitydaycare.co.uk or visit the website www.affinitydaycare.co.uk