“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 by President Reagan almost 30 years ago, to remember, honor and celebrate our loved ones, friends and neighbors who are senior citizens. Let’s face it, the older members of our population deserve much more than one day of celebration for all they have seen, learned, accomplished, and survived in their lifetimes, but having a special day set aside just for them is meant to be rewarding!
I live quite a distance from my Mom, but I do plan to call her and spend some extra time talking and reminiscing. If my sister is around to help navigate the internet, maybe we’ll FaceTime or Skype! Also, my husband and I plan to invite our widowed neighbor over to get to know her a little better over dinner. I have notice she doesn’t get out much since her husband passed-away.
It is of major importance that each of us reach out to the senior citizens in our lives on a regular basis to keep them socially engaged, which will undoubtedly lift their typical lonely, sometimes depressed, spirits. According to the Administration on Aging, as many as 28% of seniors over the age of 65 live alone, and that statistic nearly doubles for senior women over the age of 75, to a staggering 45%.
Speaking of loneliness and depression, spending time with seniors in your life offers you the opportunity to monitor their physical and mental health and well-being. Living alone can be a measure of one’s independence, but it can also lead to isolation, depression and other health and safety issues.
Set aside some time to listen to senior citizens on their special day on Monday and beyond. Seniors have experienced so much in their lives, and the history lessons they have to share are first-hand, precious, and perfect to learn more about your family tree, or theirs!
It is also possible to bridge the ever-present generation gap that occurs much more frequently nowadays between grandparents and grandchildren than when I was growing up. Now more than ever before, it is vital that younger generations learn to respect their elders by breaking away from social media and video games, putting down their phones, and truly listening to them.
Take a senior to lunch or dinner and show them how much you care. If you don’t have any older family members or friends close by, consider paying it forward by buying a senior stranger a cup of coffee, or pick up the check for their meal. Kindness goes a very long way and can make an enormous difference in the attitude and outlook of the recipient.
My caregivers and I believe every day should be Senior Citizens Day, and we are devoted to offering kindness, compassion and respect 24/7/365, whenever called upon to assist with transportation needs, homemaker services, Alzheimer’s & Dementia care, companionship and personal care.
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Happy Senior Citizens Day!