Five ways to celebrate Grandparents Day
September 10, 2017, marks a special celebration, Grandparents Day! Established in 1973 as a nationally recognized holiday, Grandparents Day is observed on the Sunday following Labor Day. Marian McQuade is known as the founder of Grandparents Day. She made it her goal to educate youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made. The day’s purpose is to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older adults can offer.
Whether you live near or far, there are a number of fun ways to honor your parent for the holiday and include the whole family. Check out these five ideas to celebrate Grandparents Day.
Learn something new
Grandparents Day reminds us that we’re never too young or too old to learn something new. Spend the day learning something together. Consider making a trip to the museum to see a new exhibit or watch a documentary. Be sure to spend time discussing what everyone thought. You’ll be surprised to hear the responses of the youngest and oldest members of the family.
Does grandma or grandpa volunteer or have a cause that is close to his or her heart? Round up the whole family and volunteer together. Whether it’s knitting caps for awareness initiatives, serving a meal at a homeless shelter or cleaning up a community garden, your family will get to see grandma and grandpa in action and learn more about their volunteerism passion.
Don’t live near your parent? Surprise them with a special social media post or email! Consider adding photos from throughout the years and including stories and memories you have in which your mom or dad made a real impact on you. Don’t forget to include your kids’ thoughts too—or they can interview their grandparent and record their responses. A brief questionnaire is a fun way to include younger kids.
Arts and crafts are a great way to involve the kids and grandparents in an activity. Set up a craft the whole family can engage in such as making a family tree, where everyone can learn about your family history, or decorating a planter for the garden.
Do something grand
Generations United, a national organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs and public policies, has created a Take Action Guide that older adults can use for Grandparents Day. Discover how your family can make a lasting impact in your community today, and for the next generation.
Grandparents Day doesn’t have to stop after one day; it can be celebrated all year! Discover five fun activities for grandchildren visiting senior communities. And if you have questions about retirement communities for your aging parents or loved ones, get in touch with us today.