When he signed the proclamation declaring August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day, President Ronald Reagan said:
“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.”
At Amada Senior Care, we are dedicated to making our communities better places for seniors by providing quality care and services that allow them to lead happy, independent lives. Here are a few ways to celebrate the seniors in your life on National Senior Citizens Day.
- Record their stories:
Does your senior loved one often reminisce on times gone by? Do you have a favorite story from their childhood? Today’s technology allows you to document these memories with the push of a button.
Along with preserving their legacies, sharing stories can also positively impact seniors’ mental, emotional, and physical health. Writing about family history or reminiscing has been shown to improve seniors’ self-esteem and general outlook on life, according to AgingCare.com,. Sharing stories also improves cognitive activity, especially in those suffering from depression and dementia.
Amada Senior Care partners with The Living Legacy Project, an organization that strives to bring awareness to preserving seniors’ priceless memories and to mobilize families, groups, communities, and businesses to take action. The Living Legacy Project provides a convenient way to record and store stories and photos on an app or blog. “These stories give life to those in old family photos, that otherwise may be strangers to grandchildren,” founder Tom Cormier said. “Future generations can learn about real-life heroes right there in their own family.”
- Spend quality time doing something they love.
Does your senior loved one like to take walks at a local park? Do they love to golf or fish? Or would they prefer watching a movie or baking a cake? Offer to spend the day participating in one of their favorite hobbies. Staying socially engaged will help seniors physically and mentally, reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, and depression. Your loved one’s favorite restaurant or theater might even offer a discount for Senior Citizens Day!
- Give back.
One way to show your appreciation for the seniors in your community is to volunteer your time and talents to show a little kindness. If your loved one is in an assisted living community, bring some baked goods to share with them and the other residents. Spend some time helping an elderly neighbor with house or yard work. One of the core values of Amada Senior Care is compassionately charitable, which we believe can be shown even in the simplest acts of kindness.
We encourage you to join Amada Senior Care in celebrating senior citizens not just on August 21st, but every day.
Written by Taylor French, Amada contributor.
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