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Include Seniors this Memorial Day

By Debbie Humphrey

Memorial Day weekend is incredibly important to a large segment of our aging population, but not for the reasons you may think.

It is not because we have a weekend to celebrate the season with a barbecue and a swim, even though many of us do. It is not because we are kicking-off summer, because summer does not officially arrive until June 21, if I were to get technical about it. Besides, we live in Florida, so we practically have a perpetual summer!

I am putting this out there because most seniors recognize Memorial Day weekend as it was intended: as a time to reflect on those who have given their lives in service to our country. They understand the importance of visiting the resting places of their family and friends, to honor them and pay their respects. Unless directly impacted by the loss of a loved one, too many young people are more focused on “self,” rather than selflessness fallen soldiers represent.

When making plans, please consider including seniors this Memorial Day. If they have a desire to visit Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, or another area cemetery or mausoleum this weekend, ask if you can accompany them or offer transportation assistance. If someone does not feel comfortable driving longer distances, it may prevent them from an important Memorial Day tradition.

Moreover, as we embrace the holiday weekend with beach time, boating and all things fun, remember the seniors in your life. Grandma might not be able to participate in the Honor Our Heroes 5K, but she might enjoy an evening at the Sponge Docks for a nice meal and a little dancing under the stars!

If she’s anything like my Aunt Myrtle, a boat ride on the bayous to put a line in the water, or to relax and take in the scenery, is just what the doctor ordered! Perhaps a stroll on the beach would be nice, just remember to apply plenty of sunscreen and bring bottles of water to stay hydrated. Physical activity is vital, especially as we age, and when properly approached, it enhances the quality of seniors’ lives in so many ways!

Obviously, including seniors in all your plans this Memorial Day weekend is probably not an option. However, offering them the opportunity to get out of the house (if they are able), and giving them a chance to pay their respects, or share memories of their loved ones and holiday weekends past at barbecues and celebrations, is quite precious and won’t soon be forgotten!

If you live a distance from older relatives and know they have a need, contact me at Home Helpers®. We have amazing caregivers who are more than willing to offer various levels of assistance to seniors. The caregivers I employ provide wonderful companionship, so seniors are not alone during long holiday weekends. Additionally, they are ready, willing and able to help with transportation, personal care, meal preparation, light housework, and so much more!

Home Helpers® proudly serves male and female seniors in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about the many services offered through Home Helpers®.

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