How to celebrate Senior Citizens Day

August 21 is Senior Citizens Day. This day is designed to help us remember the contributions the elderly have given to our society and give something back to them. Here are five ways your children can celebrate Senior Citizens Day and serve.

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  • As we grow older, we begin to lose our ability to do basic everyday tasks. We begin to rely on others to help us make it throughout the day. Teaching our children to serve the elderly is important. Sometimes, our children may be frightened or uncomfortable around those who are older. But, by teaching them the importance of serving these individuals, your children may realize the elderly have much to offer.

  • August 21 is Senior Citizens Day. This day is designed to help us remember the contributions the elderly have given to our society and give something back to them. Here are five ways your children can celebrate Senior Citizens Day and serve.

  • 1. Talk with them

  • Many senior citizens are in need of a friend. Some may live by themselves or in an assisted living center with no family nearby. One of the best ways to serve the elderly is to be their friend and talk with them. Visit them regularly and enjoy conversations with one another. Each of us needs someone we can talk to, tell stories to and share our feelings. Senior citizens are no different.

  • 2. Make Sunshine Baskets

  • Sunshine Baskets are small gift baskets to cheer up another individual. Often, the items in these baskets are yellow and symbolize sunshine and cheer, or they can be a mixture of the recipient’s favorite things. These baskets can be an excellent way to cheer up a senior citizen, especially on those rough and lonely days. Creating a basket for an elderly individual is the perfect way to let them know you are thinking of them and that you care.

  • 3. Write down their life story

  • Many elderly individuals have not taken the time to write down their life story. They have years of stories and events behind them, but very few are written down and available for their posterity to enjoy. Spend some time with an elderly family member or friend and write their story. Ask them about life while they were young, a teenager, young adult and more. Ask many specific questions and try to gather fun, sad and life-changing details. Writing down their life story is not only something they will enjoy, but you and their posterity will cherish, as well.

  • 4. Play games

  • Games are an excellent way to get to know others. If your children feel uncomfortable or uneasy around senior citizens, get together and play games. Games are an excellent way to keep a conversation without forcing it. It also allows you to see a different side of people and keep your mind sharp. Plus, it is another way to keep the elderly, yourself and your children engaged, excited and happy.

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  • 5. Do their chores

  • If you have a neighbor or family member who lives on their own, volunteer to do some of their chores for them. They may need help going to the grocery store or dusting tall shelves or light fixtures. Ask what they need done around their home and with your entire family’s help, accomplish their to-do list. With everyone’s help, you can do much good for someone who can’t do something on his or her own.

  • Serving the elderly can be a fun and meaningful experience. There are countless service opportunities for your children that don’t require your entire day. Spend some time with the elderly. You may find they have a lot to teach you and your family members.

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Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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