National Senior Citizens’ Day, August 21
Sunday, August 21 is National Senior Citizens’ Day. President Ronald Reagan, himself a senior citizen, authorized the observance in 1988.
“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. Places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.” President Ronald Reagan.
Many Seniors are Volunteers
You will probably find that there are many senior citizens who serve in volunteer ministries at your church. Why not show them some appreciation and recognition at your services? If there’s a Sunday School class or a group for seniors, then plan something special for them. Perhaps that could be snacks, a corsage or boutonniere or some public recognition. For outreach ministries, why not ask your church members to visit a local nursing home. Perhaps they could give a choral performance, or give small gifts to residents.
Many Seniors are Caregivers
So many seniors are caregivers for others. They might care for adult children, a disabled family member, a spouse, or some other relative. Seniors are willing to sacrifice themselves and their interests to take care of others because they have developed love and hope that keeps on reaching out to others.
Seniors also receive care from younger family members and friends, especially in illness and the later years of life. In the midst of daily life, it is easy for a caregiver to overlook the wisdom and experience that years and silver hair have provided to a senior.
Take some time to appreciate the senior around you on this day, National Senior Citizens’ Day