Since 1988, August 21st has been set aside as a day to honor our older Americans. Senior Citizen’s Day is a day where we have the opportunity to show appreciation and to honor the seniors who have impacted not only our lives but also our communities. Their contributions have made our world a better place to live in.
“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”
-President Ronald Reagan – August 19, 1988 Proclamation 5847
We encourage you to spend some time with the seniors in your life. These people have directly impacted who you are. Take some time to show them how much you appreciate them. Here are some activity ideas.
• Invite them to lunch
• Spend time writing down stories from their childhood
• Take pictures together
• Learn about your family history from them
• Help them with yard work or gardening
• Cook a meal together
• Do something they love. If they love to sing, sing with them, etc.
• Go on a walk or go fishing
• Call or video chat with seniors who don’t live near you
The ideas are limitless, but what it boils down to is spending time together.
We also encourage you to honor the seniors in your communities. When you are out and about on the 21st, go out of your way to talk to the seniors that you meet. Make small talk, pay for their coffee, or think of other random acts of kindness that you could do. You could also volunteer at a local senior center or care facility. Plan now and make the most of this Senior Citizen’s Day.
Many seniors live alone and visiting with them can brighten their day. Heart ‘n Home is privileged to have so many wonderful Volunteers who take time to visit with our patients. If you would like to learn more about what they do, you can read more here. They make a difference and you can too!