National Senior Citizens Day - August 21
August 21 marks National Senior Citizens Day, which originated in 1988 when President Ronald Regan issued Proclamation 5847. On this day, people are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.
The best way to celebrate this holiday is simply spending time with senior citizens. This year, viewing the solar eclipse on the 21st could be a fun event to share together. Another good activity is to do volunteer work to support the elderly – volunteer at a retirement home and reach out to those who may not otherwise have a visitor for the day.
For seniors, spend the day doing something you enjoy – it’s your special day. Keep an eye out for senior citizen specials and discounts at stores and restaurants in your area.
Of course, there’s never a bad time to make senior loved ones feel special, but August 21 is a good reminder that in our busy lives, its important set aside time to be with, and appreciate, elderly loved ones, especially those whose social lives have slowed down. Hopefully, the time together will spark more regular visits and rekindle relationships. Set a weekly game night or even just a ten minute phone call a few days a week.
If you have an elderly loved one who would benefit from more companionship in their life, please contact us to find out how SHC can help.
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