In 1988, President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress declared that August 21 was to be known as National Senior Citizen’s Day. This was to be a day where we would be reminded to honor the senior citizens who blazed the trail for the rest of us, and especially our parents and grandparents for their love, wisdom and contributions to our society and upbringing.

At Centers Health Care we honor our seniors every day, and in recognition of this very day we’re encouraging everyone else to show the senior citizens in your life how much you care.

If they are living at a nursing home or assisted living facility, pay them a visit! And bring the grandchildren along too. Their shining smiles will brighten everyone’s day. Most facilities encourage residents decorate their rooms, so feel free to bring some family pictures, paintings and other heirlooms that no doubt hold a special place in your parent’s heart. Bring one or two family photo albums and enjoy the time together reflecting on years of wonderful memories.

Games are welcome, too. Bring along a pack of cards or any other kind of game to play with them. They’re not only fun, they can also help improve brain functions and slow down mental decline that comes with aging. We touched on this topic in a previous blog post that you can read here. Kids can also have a book with them and they can read it with their grandma or grandpa.

There are many ways to show gratitude and appreciation for the senior citizens in our lives, the ones that raised us and helped shape our society. At Centers Health Care, we have so many fun activities scheduled every day of the year for our residents. If you have a parent or grandparent living with us, you are welcome to visit at any time.

To all of you who aren’t getting older, just better, Happy Senior Citizen’s Day from all of us at Center’s Health Care!