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World Senior Citizen Day
This is a special day that is devoted to the senior members of our families. We take this as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments and bravery many parents and grandparents could have started their own businesses moved across countries, handled tough situations, preserved in difficult careers, lived through wars, and raised large families.
Activities to Appreciate Senior Citizens on This Special Day
There are many things you can do as a family to show affection for your seniors. We all must do our part in making them feel loved and appreciated! Here are a few ways to do that:
- Throw a party for them. This can be a small, intimate gathering of close family and friends, good food and drink, and lots of fun and laughter. If they like sweets, get a nice cake, and maybe even some balloons! A feel-good party will definitely make them feel special.
- Do a family history project by mapping out your family tree, talking to senior relatives, and looking through old photographs and records. It will be a nice trip down memory lane for your elderly family members – parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents – and it will be a fun learning experience for you. You might hear of an ancestor who did some heroic or pioneering stuff – how cool would that be?
- Organise a family photo session. Everyone can dress up; Grandma can wear one of her beautiful sarees, and Grandpa can rock one of his classy suits. The family can even wear matching or complementary colours. Have the grandparents pose together, individually, and surrounded by all their children. You can also invite some close relatives or friends!
- Visit old places from their youth. These can be restaurants, bakeries, parks, monuments, temples, or natural beauties like lakes or dams. It will refresh pleasant memories of their young days, and will make a lovely change from the ever-evolving world. It will also show them that you remember what they like!
- Have a story telling session. Have all the children sit around the elders, serve hot tea and yummy snacks, and let the parents and grandparents narrate stories about their school days, their own parents and families, shenanigans with their siblings and friends, and how general life was ‘back then’. Invite cousins and relatives, and make it a fun little get-together.
- Volunteer at your local old age home, and bring flowers, balloons, or hot, homemade food. The seniors living there will definitely feel your love and appreciation, and your presence and gifts will make their day, especially if they have no visiting family.