We all know an elderly person in our lives. Today is the day to make sure you show your appreciation! August 21st is officially recognized as National Senior Citizens Day. The day was first declared a holiday in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
Senior citizens are very active in our communities and the workforce. They contribute heavily to our society and for what they have achieved and continue to achieve, they deserve our thanks. In honor of this special day, we want to share a few ways that you can show you care about the senior citizen in your life.
SHOW YOU CARE
Stop by their house or their assisted living facility. We believe a personal visit is one of the most meaningful ways to show your appreciation. As the adage goes, time is more valuable than money? It’s true. Your time with them is priceless. It can make a big difference in their lives. Senior loneliness is a big problem and leads to health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition. 50% of older adults have two or more conditions. The federal agency found that depression is more common in people who have illnesses.
If you go spend time with them, that visit is likely to decrease the stress in their day. Perhaps they can’t move around easily or they lack decent access to transportation. Although there are a variety of transportation options available to seniors, it’s easier for them if you provide the ride. Seniors face more physical ailments and struggles. You can take them out for food, play games together or take part in a light outdoor activity such as walking.
If you can’t physically be there with them, there are other ways to show your appreciation. You can call, FaceTime them, or simply send a text. Your words will have a huge impact. If they are tech-savvy, send them a free e-card or give them a social media shout-out.
Why not give yourself a pat on the back? There are many ways to treat yourself. Do an activity that you enjoy! Head to your favorite restaurant. Set up a spa treatment, or organize time with your family.
“Senior citizens deserve our time, appreciation and love every single day of the year. But in observance of this special day, make sure to go the extra mile for them,” said Andy Cruz, Pride PHC vice-president. “Simply share with them how they have made a positive impact on your life. A small gesture with kind words could make a big difference in their lives.”