President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day in 1988, noting that “with improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.” He was correct: Seniors are active and valued members of our communities who use their time and skills to improve the world. National Senior Citizens’ Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the nation's senior citizens' accomplishments, talents, and wisdom.
Overture apartments are often at the center of celebrations as our residents celebrate their special day. Below are a few easy ways to celebrate National Senior Citizens' Day.
Ways to Celebrate National Senior Citizens’ Day
If you live in Overture senior apartments and want to celebrate National Senior Citizens’ Day, check to see if we have any events planned. Here are some of the many ways you can enjoy National Senior Citizens’ Day:
- Volunteer your time. Seniors have a lifetime of skills and talents they can share to support and improve their communities. Nonprofits always need assistance and value the experience seniors provide.
- Not all seniors have easy access to family and friends and may feel left out during National Senior Citizens’ Day. Invite your more isolated neighbors to ensure no one is left out of the fun and socializing.
- Share your stories. Many younger family members love to hear about their grandparents' lives. Celebration ideas include starting a family history project, building a family tree, and going through old photographs. You can share moments from your life while your children and grandchildren learn more about their family and the past.
- Take a trip to a park, museum, or restaurant with family and friends. Enjoy your time with your children and grandchildren: celebration ideas don't have to be complicated.
- Learn a new skill. Access to special activities is one of the advantages of living in Overture senior apartments. Try your hand at art or ballroom dancing. Learn to play guitar or join a gardening club. The Internet is an excellent resource for seniors looking for new hobbies, as you can find video tutorials for almost any skill imaginable.
Grandparents and Celebration Ideas for National Senior Citizens’ Day
Okay, grandkids, listen up because this one’s for you. One of the best ways to celebrate National Senior Citizens’ Day is to spend time with your grandparents. Take them out for dinner, or bring over a meal for a night playing board games. Other possible grandparents’ celebration ideas include:
- Take a nature walk together.
- Ask your grandparents to teach you a dance from their youth.
- Teach them how to use video conferencing software.
- Include them in one of your hobbies.
- Cook a meal together.
- Ask about their favorite memories.
- Listen to music from their youth.
What you do isn’t important; being together is what counts. You can use National Senior Citizens’ Day to make new memories with your grandparents—memories you might pass on to your grandparents in the future.