National Seniors Day: Celebrate the seniors in your life

Oct 1 is National Seniors Day—a day when Canadians come together to celebrate older adults across the country.

BC Care Providers Association and its members are proud to serve B.C.’s seniors, and honour the life-long contributions they have made towards building and strengthening our province.

Call a grandparent or have coffee with an elderly neighbour—there are many ways to make seniors feel appreciated.

Here are a few ways you can show seniors in your life just how much you appreciate them.

1. Call a grandparent or an elder.

A quick phone call every so often can go a long way in showing a senior that you care for them. Call your grandparents or an elderly relative, and ask them how they are. This will also give you an opportunity to assess their health and well-being.

2. Spend quality time with a senior.

Having visitors can brighten a senior’s day. Social isolation affects many seniors, and a visit from a loved one can help them feel connected and less lonely.

Visit a grandparent or have coffee with an elderly neighbour. Play board games, cook together, or just chat. Many seniors just want someone to talk to. Ask them meaningful questions about themselves—they’ve lived long, full lives, and probably have a lot to share with you.

3. Volunteer at a care home.

There are many ways you can volunteer at care homes or community groups dedicated to seniors. You could host bingo night or a workshop, play music for residents, or just spend a few hours helping staff with administrative tasks. Reach out to your local care home or a non-profit involved in seniors’ care, and ask staff how you can get involved.