Celebrating Grandparents Day

September 10, 2020 Julie Stevens, Vice President of Life Enrichment and Memory Care at Enlivant

“Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.” – President Jimmy Carter

National Grandparents Day (which takes place on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year) has been an official holiday in the United States since 1978 – and with good reason! Our grandparents are often the matriarchs and patriarchs of our family trees, handing down years of wisdom and love. It’s important to acknowledge the foundation our grandparents have built and thank them for the hard work put into growing our families. Below are five great ways to honor our grandparents.

  • Gift a bouquet. Forget-Me-Nots are the official flower of Grandparents Day. This delicate blue flower makes for a beautiful gift - or container gardening activity!
  • Conduct an interview. Grandparents have likely lived long, storied lives. Whether by phone, Zoom, or window visit, document some of their incredible experiences. What was it like to serve in the war? To raise a family way back when? How much was a gallon of milk? Better yet, have them pen 'An Open Letter to My Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren' themselves, including 10 things they'd want them to know.
  • Bond over food. Chances are your grandparents have a tried and true dish or secret family recipe. Ask about family recipes, write them down, learn about the history, and try making it yourself.
  • Visit. For those of us lucky enough to have our grandparents still with us, time is precious. Stopping by for a socially distanced visit or chatting over Zoom can create special memories. For others, honoring the legacy of our grandparents who have passed can be healing and uplifting. Light a candle, share memories among family members, or visit their place of rest. Additionally, you could adopt a senior too! Send cards or letters to a local Assisted Living or Memory Care community to make their day.
  • Revisit old photo albums. A picture is worth a thousand words. Photo albums are sure to stir up lots of fun memories for grandparents, and help children and grandchildren learn more about what they were like at every age.

What senior grandparents will value most is time with loved ones. Take this opportunity to make them feel loved and special this Grandparents Day.