“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 - Senior Citizens Day]
Only a few weeks remain until National Senior Citizens Day, August 21. This annual date of awareness was established by President Ronald Reagan on August 19, 1988, as a way to show our gratitude and appreciation for all the ways seniors have contributed to our families, our communities and our country.
Only ten days after this special commemoration, Labor Day weekend begins for the “official” finale of summer.
My chosen profession is providing in-home care for seniors to help preserve their independence, while remaining in their homes. However, there is no better feeling than being able to celebrate a day in their honor, all the way through Labor Day, with activities for seniors outside the home.
Here are 13 ways to celebrate seniors from Seniors Citizens Day to Labor Day in Pasco & Pinellas Counties:
North Pinellas/Pasco County Widows Group meets at Ozona Blue in Palm Harbor, for a widows/widowers dinner next to the Marina on Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30 pm. They also meet on a monthly basis at other area restaurants. This is not a dating group, but a way to forge friendships and lend support to each other, regardless of age, gender, race, marital status, or orientation.
Tampa Bay Rays are at home against the Seattle Mariners from Monday-Wednesday, August 20- 21, and all Labor Day weekend against the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. The Trop is domed for a comfortable day or evening major league baseball game, away from the sun and heat. Go Rays!
AARP Dunedin is a sponsor of the Dunedin Blue Jays game, Wednesday, August 21, at 1:00 pm. Labor Day weekend, the minor league Jays take the field at home against Charlotte. Take a Senior Citizen out to the ballgame. Take them out to the crowd. Buy them some peanuts, and Cracker Jacks. But careful, they may not ever wanna’ come back! Go Jays!
The Florida Big Band is performing live at the Dulcet Center in New Port Richey on Thursday, August 22, beginning at 7:00pm. Music of this era is popular among older generations, and is likely to put a spring in the step, a smile on their face, and song in their heart. BONUS: Admission is FREE!
“PIVOT” Art Exhibit continues at Imagine Museum in St Petersburg, Thursday, August 22, 10:00am-8:00pm. “The aim of the exhibition is to display works of art that represent a bold, new path of expression by the artists and communicates this shift in a visual exchange between them and the viewer.” Inspire. Uplift. Educate.
Senior Centers in Pasco County are great places for like-minded aging adults to socialize, play games, go on excursions and dine together, all of which help prevent physical and mental decline, isolation and depression. Check out senior centers near you to review their monthly activity calendars. You might be surprised at all these fine facilities have to offer!
Brooker Creek Preserve & Environmental Education Center in Tarpon Springs “is the largest natural area in Pinellas County.” Many programs, classes, hikes, and equestrian and pedestrian tours, are available throughout the month. The preserve is open Thursdays-Sundays, 7:00am to one hour before sunset each day (exact time of closing posted daily). The Center is open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm. Remember to take plenty of water to keep everyone well-hydrated while outdoors.
Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey has open spaces, camping areas, day-use shelters and pavilions for picnics and get-togethers, as well as nature trails, and a birding trail designated by the Audubon Society with 177 species of birds having been viewed! Remember to take plenty of water to keep everyone well-hydrated while outdoors.
Aquariums are a cool, calming way to spend an afternoon. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, offer underwater views and exhibits featuring beautiful aquatic species, birds and ecosystems native to Florida, not commonly found on trips to the beach. Movie star dolphin, “Winter,” from “A Dolphin’s Tail”, calls Clearwater home, and is a fan-favorite of visitors of all ages. Additionally, The Florida Aquarium has introduced “Moon Bay” this year, which is an interactive experience where you can touch moon jellies. Plus, they have a senior discount worth exploring!
Farmers Markets provide delicious, nutritious homegrown produce, immune-boosting local honey, home-canned recipes and vibrant flowers. A stroll through a Farmer’s Market gets them a lot of fresh air, a little exercise, and a cornucopia of healthy fruit and veggie options.
Flea Markets and Consignment Shops abound in and around Pasco County! For seniors on a fixed income or tight budget, finding clothes, purses, hats, tools, utensils, or what-have-you, at bargain prices can feel like Christmas in August!
Malls are always a popular place among seniors who like to beat the heat to get some exercise! Many older adults stroll the mall with friends where it’s cool, there are areas to sit and take a break, and lots to see while window shopping.
Restaurants are never a bad idea for an outing with seniors, and there are plenty of yummy dining locales from Clearwater to Hudson! You can’t go wrong when a free or discounted meal is involved. If it’s someplace they love, they can select their favorite dishes, and as little as some seniors seem to eat, they will most likely have a doggie bag to take home for another meal!
I hope you will make plans to spend some time with the special senior loved ones in your life – on or around Senior Citizens Day – with an outing, a visit, a card, or a phone call to brighten their day and show how much you care.
If you live out of the area or you are unable to break-away from your busy schedule, consider Home Helpers to assist. Our compassionate caregivers are carefully chosen to provide companionship, grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation assistance, and so much more.
I am happy to offer a FREE Consultation to assess your loved one’s needs and determine what we can do to keep them company, or get them out of the house, to add more engagement and joy to their life!
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