Show Your Appreciation on Senior Citizens Day

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. This is a day set aside to recognize and honor senior citizens in a special way. You can show your appreciation for seniors with a few simple ideas.

Spend time with them

Some senior citizens are often left alone and feel unappreciated throughout the year. August 21 is a good time to set aside your regular plans and instead have a long visit with the senior citizens in your life. Give them your undivided attention, and allow them to talk about anything they want. If you don't already know about their interests, ask what they like to do. Use part of the day to find and attend an activity that aligns with something they enjoy doing.

Volunteer at an assisted-living center

Talk with the center staff ahead of time so you can plan to eat lunch at an assisted-living facility on Senior Citizens Day. Bring a book that older audiences will enjoy and read part of it before lunch, when everyone (including you) is awake and alert. Plan a special program that includes children from your church or in your neighborhood, and present it to the seniors on their special day.

Make a video

Interview a senior citizen about his life and have someone videotape or digitally record it before August 21. Edit the video and present it on the holiday. Make some extra copies so he can give a piece of his history to family and friends who visit.

Plan a special meal

Plan a special meal and invite the senior citizens in your neighborhood, church or community to attend. Provide boutonnieres for the men and corsages for the ladies. Include door prizes and gifts for special accomplishments, such as the one who had the most children, the one who worked the most years or the one with the most education.

Seniors living at home

Prepare a special gift basket of cookies for the senior citizens living on your street or in your neighborhood, then deliver them to each home. Plan to spend some time visiting with each person and offer to help with anything that needs fixing or doing around the house. Project ideas include mowing the lawn, fixing a leaky faucet, washing dishes, mopping and waxing a floor or anything else that would be helpful.

Mail a card

Senior citizens enjoy receiving mail. Choose a card with a beautiful picture and words that have a special meeting. Write a newsy letter to place inside. This is especially nice for seniors who don't live nearby, but even your older neighbors would enjoy receiving such a package.

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