Did you know there is a day specifically dedicated to celebrating Senior Citizens? Coming up is National Senior Citizens Day. Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988, Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.
This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.
How to Observe:
To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know that they are appreciated and loved. It may also be a good day to volunteer at a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today.
If you are a senior citizen, check for special discounts and promotions that may be offered at stores and restaurants in your area.
Use #SeniorCitizensDay to post on social media.
1. Spend time at a nursing/retirement home
One of the kindest and most rewarding things one can do is make a visit to a nursing home. Sit and chat with residents. Play games and participate in activities. You can really make a difference in someone’s day, week, or even his or her life, and trust us, you will find the experience fun and rewarding too.
2. Reach out to a senior family member
Do you have a senior family member? Perhaps it’s a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle. Visit them and spend some time together. If you can’t see them in person, give them a call and let them know how much you appreciate them.
Below are a handful of events going on for that day to help celebrate:
- National Senior Citizens Day/Monthly Birthday Party at Oak Street Health – IrvingtonAugust 21 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PMDetails: Oak Street Health – Irvington is located at 6401 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Phone: 317-808-7085 Come out and enjoy food, music and attendance prizes. Open to anyone 55 year and older.
- Alzheimer’s Disease, Communications and Behaviors Community Heart and Vascular Hospital
- Alzheimer’s Disease, Communications and Behaviors Community Heart and Vascular Hospital August 21, 2018 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Communicating with people who have Alzheimer’s and managing behaviors – This program will explore how communication with a person with Alzheimer’s changes with disease progression and will give strategies for more effective communication throughout the course of the disease. The program will also explore the nature of behavioral changes in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It will include strategies to address difficult behaviors.
- Medicare 101 Community Hospital South August 21, 2018 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Nearing age 65, buried in mailings from insurance companies, and totally confused by Medicare A, B , C, and D? Trying to help your aging parents reduce Medicare costs but don’t understand Medigap or Medicare Advantage? A SHIP representative will explain the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare; how to enroll, coverage and costs, and important questions to ask. SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) is Medicare’s free and unbiased official counseling and information service.
- Indiana University Southeast
All different kinds of activities will be going on
August 21, 2018 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM