“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 584
National Senior Citizens Day was established to remember and honor our elderly loved ones, friends and neighbors. Simply by sharing a brief conversation on the phone, FaceTime, or Skype, you can lift the spirits of a lonely senior, and renew the spirit of family and friendship. The benefit to those who have seen the world evolve exponentially over the course of many decades, and who now feel somewhat removed from today’s speed of life, can make a significant difference to seniors in Palm Harbor.
According to the Administration on Aging, as many as 28% of seniors over the age of 65 live alone, and that statistic rises for elderly women over the age of 75, to a whopping 45%.
It is vitally important that we reach out to the seniors in our lives on a regular basis, to not only keep them engaged, but to monitor their physical and mental health and well-being. Living alone can be a measure of one’s independence, but in some cases, it can lead to isolation, depression and other health and safety issues.
Take a few moments to listen to a senior citizen. They have experienced so much in their lives, and the history lessons they have experienced first-hand are a great way to learn your family’s heritage and bridge a generation gap, especially between grandparents and grandchildren.
Take a senior to lunch or dinner and show them how much you care. Don’t have any family members close by? Consider paying it forward by buying a senior stranger a cup of coffee, or pick up the tab for their meal.
We at Home Helpers believe every day should be Senior Citizens Day, and our team of caregivers, are devoted to offering kindness, compassion and respect whenever they are called upon to assist with transportation needs, homemaker services, Alzheimer’s & Dementia care, and even personal and companion care, to enhance the lives of senior citizens in Palm Harbor, 24/7, 365, regardless of the need.