On August 19th, 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day. Here is what he had to say:
"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." -President Ronald Reagan
This day was declared to celebrate, honor, and give thanks to all the contributions that generations of individuals have given to their families and communities. While we think everyday should be a day to give thanks to the senior citizens that have paved a path for many of us, August 21st is a day marked specially for the seniors who hold large places in our hearts. Whether it is showing gratitude for a loved one, friend, elder you care for, or close member of your community, take time on August 21st to reach out and show your appreciation. Some great ways to do this could be:
- Taking your loved one out to the movies – everyone can appreciate a nice matinee!
- Creating a video of different family members discussing their favorite memories with the individual.
- Want to get your kids involved? Many local assisted living and nursing homes offer “adopt-a-grandparent” programs, linking up young children with seniors. This is a great way to not only get your kids involved with the community, but also inform them about the significance of Senior Citizens Day.
- Creating a personalized picnic with all their favorite foods.
- Treating your loved one to a nice meal out.
- Offering a helping hand with any small things they need done around the house.
- Something as simple as making a phone call to show how much you love and support them.
- Don’t have someone specifically in mind to celebrate? Volunteer at local assisted living homes or veterans homes.
While this specific day is geared towards appreciating the seniors that hold places in our hearts, it shouldn’t be the only day that they are acknowledged. Taking the time to engage in a phone call, or to drop by for a lunch can go a long way. These small yet thoughtful activities will continue a long path of cherished memories that your loved one will hold with them forever. Happy Senior Citizens Day!