There is nothing better than being surprised by a loved one with an unexpected special day. Are you involved with a senior citizen as a caregiver or loved one? If so, are you aware that August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day? It is the perfect day to engage an older adult in some fantastic activities to pull them out of their daily routine and interact in a unique way for both of you. Here are some great recommendations to make their day memorable.
Go For a Walk
Walking can be the best part of the day for any senior. Pick a destination and have some fun along the way. It's a great time to reminisce about the old days. Often an older person has lived on their street for many years and will have many stories to tell when they turn a corner and remember a neighbor they used to have or a nearby dog that used to bark often. Inviting other seniors to come along and compare stories is also a great opportunity.
Challenge a Senior
You know the importance of what it means to keep a mature mind sharp when you are caring for a senior. Exercising the brain can significantly improve cognitive function for anyone over 65. Playing a game together, especially brain games such as a match game or chess can be an excellent time for both of you.
Spend The Day
Mental and physical loneliness is never a good place for a senior. Social connection is crucial for seniors. A phone call doesn't have the same benefit as face-to-face interaction. Spend the day together doing something that interests them. Go to a nearby park to discover nature or a natural history museum. Time together helps with their independence and memory.
Volunteer to Work
There are lots of creative things that you can do as a caregiver to surprise a retiree. Take the time to paint the fence that needs attention in their yard or plant some flowers outside their window. You can help them with a sewing project or organize their kitchen. A gesture of this nature will be a lasting memory they can cherish.
The purpose of Senior Citizen Day is not only a day to recognize the achievements of our mature peers but also a way for all of us to show our appreciation for their services and accomplishments. The dedication they have given us throughout our lives is significant. Be sure to mark your calendar for August 21st and make plans to create the best day for the senior in your life.