The weather is mellowing, which makes autumn the perfect time to take outings in Kansas City, Leawood or Overland Park with a loved one who has dementia. Planning an outing with someone who has dementia might take a little more time, but the benefits of staying engaged with life are worth it. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Kansas City metro area in the fall.
- The American Royal—A Kansas City tradition since 1899, The American Royal has been a rite of passage for young and old with its world class barbecue, equine and cattle shows and family events. A Saturday Matinee of the rodeo would be a great time to get the grandkids together for a fun outings. Make sure to bring a disabled parking pass if you have one for best parking. Call ahead for more information.
- Take a horse-drawn wagon ride at the Pumpkin Hollow event at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park. Or simply sit on a hay bale in the autumn sun and listen to the sound of children playing. Another great event with grandkids.
- Seniors get discounted tickets for indoor shows at Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park. Music is a great way for people with dementia to engage in the world around them.