Celebrating Senior Citizens Day
“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.” – Ronald Reagan
Senior Citizens Day is not only an opportunity to acknowledge the incredible contributions of our senior population, but to also increase awareness around the issues that affect aging adults (including elder abuse, physical and mental health concerns, etc.). Below are some ways to celebrate the incredible senior citizens in your life and contribute to the causes that benefit them.
Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. This incredible program is focused on ending senior hunger, with dignity. Delivering meals to local seniors who need them will not only provide them with food security, it will help combat isolation as well. Learn more about how you can volunteer or contribute on their website.
Walk for Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 5.8 million U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s, a progressive disease that largely affects the senior population. Although we are learning how to better care for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, there is so much that remains unknown. Consider joining a local Walk for Alzheimer’s event, which usually takes place in September or October every year, to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Plan a visit. Identify the seniors you care about in your life and schedule some quality time with them, in person or over a video chat. Center your visit around their specific interests – cooking a favorite dish or watching a beloved movie. If possible, help lighten the load by doing some dishes or changing out that lightbulb. It is important to give back what so many of our seniors have given us by letting them know they are appreciated and loved.
Write a Pen Pal. Who doesn’t love getting mail?! Grab some friends and partner with a senior living community to establish a pen pal program. They are sure to have lots of fascinating stories to tell and lots of camaraderie to give. This is a great hobby that can give back all year long.
Create Awareness. Whether you are spending time with family members or sharing memories of those who have passed, be vocal about the seniors in your life and the causes that benefit them. Post pictures on social media and use the hashtag #SeniorCitizensDay to join in everyone celebrating our amazing seniors across the country.
Happy Senior Citizens Day!