On August 21st, America will collectively and publicly recognize the wisdom, leadership and contributions of our senior citizens with National Senior Citizens Day. Honor the holiday and show them you care by spending some time with the senior citizens in your life. Invite them to enjoy one of these activities with you to make your time together enriching, rewarding and fun for you both.
1. Have a Picnic at the Park
Spend the day outside and create new memories over a delicious and healthy meal. Pack easily portable lunches like sandwiches, pasta salad, fruits and veggies, then go visit a local park and enjoy your time together on the blanket under the summer sun. Add an extra sweet surprise to your day by baking homemade cookies or brownies to show your gratitude for all they’ve done.
2. Take a Drive Through Memory Lane
Senior citizens have a lifetime of stories to share. Put on a pot of coffee and learn from their wisdom and experience. Enjoy their stories as they walk you through childhood memories or flip through old photo albums – you might even find your lives are more similar than you thought. Your time together will make your bond stronger.
3. Put Your Green Thumb to Work
Gardening can be a fun and rewarding summer activity, but for senior citizens, it can mean lots of time bent over or kneeling on the ground, which can lead to sore, achy joints and muscles. Help make their job easier – and their home more beautiful – by tending to their gardens or landscape. They’ll appreciate your helping hand, and you’ll be able to show them you care.
4. Enjoy Arts and Crafts Together
Whip out the art supplies and enjoy some relaxing and therapeutic creative time together. You can do this at home if you have the supplies you need, or you can find a local pottery, painting or drawing class to take together. If you want to take your creative energy outdoors, walk through town or visit a park to brush up on your photography skills. Afterwards, frame or hang the art you create as a reminder of your time together.
5. Celebrate Health and Wellness
Get up and moving – and have some fun at the same time – as the two of you enjoy a healthy activity. Try one of these low-impact workouts to get your blood pumping:
• Take a walk
• Go swimming
• Cook a new, healthy recipe
• Go fishing
• Take a dance class
• Play golf or tennis
• Do yoga or Pilates
You can also use this time as an opportunity to talk about other ways to live a healthy lifestyle, like eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and having the proper health insurance. If the seniors in your life aren’t covered by health insurance, help them go through the steps to get covered. If you’re one of the 35 million Americans not covered either, learn about your options and get a quote for low-cost health insurance while you’re together.
However you choose to do it, spend a little time on August 21st showing the seniors in your life that you care. Just a couple hours can create stronger bonds between you two, and you’ll both have fun doing it.