Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt signed the landmark Social Security Act into law in 1935. But with President Ronald Reagan signing of Presidential Proclamation 5847 on August 19, 1988, and the date of celebrating Senior Citizens Day (changed to National Senior Citizens Day) was changed to August 21.
National Senior Citizens Day is an observe and not a public holiday in the United States. On this date, events and activities are being held across the nation to honor older Americans, to support, honor and show appreciation to them, and recognize their achievements. The day was also created to bring public awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect seniors.
In his Presidential Proclamation to honor the nation’s older Americans, President Reagan said, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”
On this day, families and friends of residents of West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are urged to take time to visit the facility, and listen to their loved one’s stories of wisdom, life experience, gained from hard-earned knowledge.
Bring Sunshine to Our Residents
When visiting West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, why not bring small “Sunshine Baskets to cheer up the residents in the facility? The small gift baskets can be filled with items that are yellow, or brightly colored to symbolize happiness.
These baskets can be filled with an assortment of inexpensive trinkets, toiletries (such as lip balm, nail polish, hand lotion, deodorant, body spray, and after shave, books, even books and cross word puzzles.
But, giving the gift of spending time with someone you love may be more meaningful. When visiting the West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, why not consider completing crossword puzzles or word searches together. Or eating lunch or dinner together and meeting their friends in the dining room. With the blessing of the nursing staff why not enjoy that homemade dessert you just brought along. Or even play board games or read a book aloud together.
As a tribute to National Senior Citizens Day, when visiting the facility take some time to help document a senior’s life. Grab a recorder or pen and encourage a trip down memory lane by sorting through old photos. Not only would your loved ones feel honored to be interviewed, but family and friends would have a legacy to share for generations to come.