National Senior Independence Month is observed every year in February. This month allows senior citizens and community members to share resources that help the elderly live independent and full lives. Even though with age we tend to become more dependent on those around us, we can continue to live a fairly independent life with local senior centers and retirement organizations helping with resources and building a community of like-minded people. Encourage the elderly you know to engage with senior centers — this allows them to have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction.
History of National Senior Independence Month
National Senior Independence Month is about helping senior citizens find ways to live a dignified and happy life with the help of those around them. You might be familiar with how to create an environment of self-sufficiency for elder members at home. But how as a community do we ensure that every senior citizen is given the same opportunity? A senior citizen-focused lifestyle should be of concern to local administrative bodies. You can take up simple steps to ensure that public spaces are accessible to the elderly.
Simple changes to infrastructure — such as adding elevators and ramps can improve their quality of life several folds. Dedicated medical care, extra protection from the police, and accessible public spaces can be the first steps toward creating an inclusive society. Old age homes, retirement plans, and senior centers are a great way to create communities where senior citizens can participate, meet like-minded people, and share their interests and concerns. People, especially senior citizens, require a strong sense of community to feel looked after and happy.
The advent of technology has also helped senior citizens become independent. Although it takes time to master new gadgets and technology, with some help and information, they can help the elderly look for and share information, and manage their day-to-day life. The availability of
technology helps senior citizens monitor their health, take control of their assets, and be in touch with their loved ones. National Senior Independence Month is a great time to make the elderly feel loved and valued. When we care for the previous generations, the future generations also learn to care for us.
National Senior Independence Month timeline
Women’s and church groups start establishing nursing homes for the elderly.
The American Express Company sets up the first private pension plan in the U.S.
The motorized wheelchair is invented for ease of movement for the elderly and the disabled.
The day is founded by President Ronald Reagan.
National Senior Independence Month FAQs
Why is independence important for seniors?
Independence gives seniors a sense of purpose. This allows them to contribute to the lives of their family, friends, and neighbors, and enjoy activities that they’ve always done.
How do seniors stay independent?
By having an active social life and getting involved in day-to-day activities. They can also exercise regularly and keep their brain engaged with puzzles such as Soduku or Crosswords.
At what age are you considered old?
Typically, the elderly have been defined as the chronological age of 65 or older.
How to Observe National Senior Independence Month
Speak to your local councilor
Ask your local councilor about senior citizen-specific provisions in your area. If you see the need for improvements, mobilize the community and demand better provisions for the independence of the elderly.
Meet your senior relatives
A great way to observe National Senior Independence Month is by visiting your senior relatives. Go on trips, watch a movie, and eat together during the month. It’s important to show elderly people that they are loved and cared for.
Volunteer at senior citizen centers, retirement homes, and nursing homes throughout National Senior Independence Month. Spending time with the elderly members of the community can be a very rewarding experience.
5 Facts About Aging That Will Blow Your Mind
The world’s population is rapidly aging
By 2050 there will be two billion senior citizens.
Non-communicable diseases are most common
This includes diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, and more.
Ageism is more pervasive than racism
This means people are more likely to be discriminated against for their age than their race.
Most countries aren’t senior-citizen friendly
This includes the scarcity of pensions, insurance, and supporting infrastructure.
Aging is a field of study
Gerontology is the study of aging.
Why National Senior Independence Month is Important
Opportunity to show you care
National Senior Independence Month allows us to show that we care for the elderly members of the community. With dedication and love, you can build a society that is truly inclusive and fair.
What goes around, comes back around
When young people see you doing your bit for the elderly, they realize the value that senior citizens add to the community. National Senior Independence Month is the chance to do good in the hopes of receiving the same treatment in your advanced years.
Creates an inclusive society
Celebrations such as National Senior Independence Month are a great way to create an inclusive society. With dedicated medical and infrastructural attention, any community can become senior citizen-friendly.
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