October Holiday Series 2- There is a nationally dedicated holiday for each day in October. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed October 1st International Day of Older Persons in 1990. It is a day to recognize to social and economic rights of elderly people worldwide. The thinking is that our world has revolutionized over the past century, and from decade to decade. While the young workforce will reap the benefits of our predecessors’ work, this elderly generation also deserves the new benefits of our changing world. To accomplish this we, as a society, must change our preconceptions of elderly citizens.
Send a letter to your local government office if you see a need for elderly residents in your community or to suggest a resolution to a problem that this community faces in serving its older generation.
Studies show that people who are lonely are more likely to suffer from physical and mental health issues. Visit a widow or widower in your neighborhood. Visit a retirement community or have a child complete an art project and send it to senior center.
Volunteer for a local elderly service. Meals on Wheels, Senior Angels, National Council on Aging, and Volunteer American are just a few organizations that are looking for new volunteers. Please leave a comment if you know of any opportunities I left out.
October 1st is also National Fire Pup Day so help a neighbor check their smoke detectors.
Help a senior citizen clean his yard or cook a meal. Offer to tidy up or run a few errands for an elderly friend.
Celebrate at work by making a special badge for over 60 co-workers. If your co-workers aren’t the type to wear an age specific badge, maybe pitch in to buy their lunch or give a few minutes to help them complete a project.
If you are an elderly person, make your own badge and wear it proud! Maybe you will get your lunch paid for…
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