International Senior’s Day

Do you know that Saturday Oct 1 is International Senior’s Day?

Seniors represent 19% of the population in Canada, and the Baby Boomer Boom means that number is growing. By 2050 it could reach 25%.

They are our mentors, teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbours, and loved ones. They built our homesteads, our workplaces, our communities, and our country. As parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours, workers, and volunteers, they continue to contribute to our families, communities, and society in countless ways.

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly chose October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons to recognize the contributions of older people and to examine issues that affect their lives.

Canada celebrated it’s first National Senior’s Day in 2011

National Senior’s Day is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize the important role seniors play in our society. For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to contribute, we owe Canada’s elders our thanks. It’s also a great way for senior’s to connect with the community, and raise awareness of issues that matter to them.

We can best show our gratitude by insuring our communities are good places to grow older — places where older people can participate and find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead fulfilling and independent lives.

Improved healthcare has changed demographics and increased productivity of older citizens, allowing them to be more active than ever before.

Growing older ain’t what it used to be!

How You Can Celebrate

National Seniors Day is your chance to do something special for the seniors in your family, workplace or community. How you celebrate is up to you. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Here are some suggestions to get you started –

Get creative. Make a video, online photo album or traditional photo album with pictures of the important seniors in your life. You could also think about sending a video message or electronic postcard.

Get together. Hold a family game night or dinner with the seniors in your family. Watch old family videos. Put on a slide show, or break out old photo albums. You could even plan a family reunion.

Reach out. Celebrating National Seniors Day doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as simple as phoning a grandparent or sending a letter.

For businesses

Offer a discount. Show local seniors you care with a special deal, coupon or prize on National Seniors Day. Put up a display. Create a National Seniors Day display in your storefront or lobby for patrons to see. You could mount a photo wall and invite the public to add pictures or notes of thanks to celebrate the seniors in their lives.

Showcase senior employees. Shine a spotlight on the seniors in your organization with an awards ceremony, certificate of appreciation, luncheon or other workplace special event. You could also hold an open house and share information about any seniors programs or services you offer.

For communities

Plan a meal. Hold a community breakfast, barbecue, potluck or social and invite the seniors in your neighbourhood. You could include a food or clothing drive as part of the event.

Get active. Organize a community swim, skate, walk or hike for seniors. Plant a community garden. Hold a seniors bowling night at a local alley, or plan a special event at the zoo, museum or movie theatre with free admission for seniors.

For schools or youth groups

Put on a production. Host an improv night or talent show to celebrate National Seniors Day.

Plan a class visit to a seniors home. You could put on a play, have a sing-along or play games.