Each year, August 21 commemorates National Senior Citizens Day, a day that both honors senior citizens and raises awareness about issues seniors face. You can celebrate this holiday by spending time with a senior in your life, whether a loved one, a neighbor, or a new friend. Here, Sonoma caregivers share some of their favorite ways to celebrate.
1. Learn something new
Since Senior Citizens Day falls during the dog days of summer, you may want to keep your loved one safe and cool in a blissfully air-conditioned indoor setting. You can spend the day being a tourist in your own town and bring your senior loved one to a local museum, gallery, or other indoor tourist destination you have never visited. It might be especially thoughtful to look for a site with historical significance from your senior’s youth. It can be an occasion to share personal histories and memories.
2. Make a weekend of it
In 2015, Senior Citizens Day falls on a Friday, making it possible for you to plan an entire weekend getaway with a loved one. If feasible, return to your elderly relative’s hometown, college, or honeymoon destination. As a bonus, you’ll just miss the Labor Day crowds.
3. Stroll down memory lane
As a surprise for your senior loved one, gather up old memories that have been collecting dust—photo albums, slides, recipe books, and even journals. Set aside some time to organize these materials together and make new memories while you’re at it.
Instead of—or in addition to—time together with your own loved one, consider volunteering at a local senior center or nursing home. These organizations are often in need of responsible volunteers, and you can build up some good karma in the meantime.
5. Practice random acts of kindness
Whether or not you already care for a senior citizen, you may know that many seniors lack reliable companionship and care. This year, celebrate Senior Citizens Day by surprising an elderly neighbor or senior you see every morning at the coffee shop with an unexpected gift or card.
Spending some time with your loved one on Senior Citizens Day is a good opportunity to touch base and find out if there are care needs he or she has that aren’t being met. If your senior loved one could use help with daily tasks like grocery shopping and cleaning, personal care, transportation, or would just enjoy regular companionship, turn to Home Care Assistance of Sonoma. Our flexible care schedules and customized care plans are ideal for seniors who wish to remain in the comfort of home, but need some assistance to do so safely and comfortably. Give us a call at (707) 843.4368 to speak with a friendly Care Manager today.