August 21 is Senior Citizens Day! It’s a time to raise awareness about the elderly and celebrate all of the amazing things that our aging population contributes to our communities.
This year, Senior Citizens Day is especially important in light of the pandemic. COVID-19 brought many challenges to older adults, who are at a greater risk of complications from the virus. Our elderly community members faced isolation from family members, friends, and neighbors. Like all of us, they missed out on many moments due to the coronavirus.
This year, now more than ever, we can take a moment to celebrate seniors and recognize their accomplishments and bravery throughout their lives.
How to engage seniors on Senior Citizens Day
Thinking of ways to show a senior in your life that you care? There are so many ways to get involved!
Here are just a few things you can do on Senior Citizens Day:
- Say Hello: Has it been a while since you last spoke to a senior family member? Or do you have a senior neighbor that you have not met yet? Sometimes, simply reaching out can mean so much. Pay them a quick visit (safely) or give them a phone call.
- Plan an activity: There are tons of different activities that seniors would enjoy. Whether it’s walking, yoga, going to a concert, an art project, shopping, or visiting a museum, take the initiative to plan an activity with an older adult you know.
- Share on social: The more people who know about Senior Citizens Day, the more they will be involved. Share something on your social media channels celebrating the day.
- Volunteer: Many organizations serving seniors rely on volunteers to continue their mission. For example, Meals On Wheels is always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to seniors. Check out your local community organizations that work with seniors to see how you can help.
- Donate: Like volunteers, many nonprofits need donations to continue providing services. If you can, consider donating to a senior-focused organization.
Why Senior Citizens Day is Important
Senior Citizens Day was officially founded in 1988 by the former President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan. Since then, the aging population has continued to grow. In recent years, it has been predicted to grow more and faster than ever.
Here are some facts you should know on Senior Citizen Day:
- By 2050, the world’s population of people aged 60 years and older will double to 2.1 billion.
- Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050, and 80% of them will be living in low and middle-income countries.
- The COVID-19 pandemic may significantly lower older persons’ incomes and living standards. Currently, less than 20% of older persons of retirement age receive a pension.
To keep up with the growing needs of seniors, we all need to work together. In order to provide the resources they need, individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations must work hand in hand to help older adults age with dignity and independence.
The last two years may feel like life has paused, but it hasn’t. We are living, and we are aging. While these days might look different, we can still acknowledge the things our older generations have achieved and look at what resources are needed to age well.
Vantage has helped older adults age positively for over 45 through a variety of programs, services, and partnerships. Its Workforce Solutions program provides hands-on job training in 38 Ohio to adults age 55 and older who want to re-enter the workforce. The AmeriCorps Seniors program sponsored by Vantage Aging connects adults 55 and older with organizations to use their time and talents to meet community needs. Meals On Wheels of Northeast Ohio delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors to ensure no one is left hungry and alone. Vantage also provides house cleaning and personal care to elderly individuals to promote independence and dignity. Vantage is always looking for new ways to partner with other organizations, businesses, and individuals to better serve the aging community.
If you would like to learn more about Vantage Aging’s programs and services or how to partner with us, please contact us at email@example.com or 330-253-4597.