October 1 marks the International Day of Older Persons. It’s the day that people worldwide join together to appreciate and celebrate seniors. According to the UN, an older person is anyone aged 60 and above.
This day is observed annually to recognize and appreciate seniors’ contributions to society and address issues affecting their lives.
If you’re interested in learning more about the IDOP, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll look at the history of the International Day of Older Persons and some of the ways through which you can appreciate the older people in your life, both in the month of October, as well as all year.
The History of the International Day of Older Persons
IDOP traces its origin to December 14, 1990, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 45/106, designated October 1 the International Day for Older Persons. IDOP was first celebrated on October 1, 1991, and has since then been observed annually to appreciate, support, and help the elderly.
Celebrating the International Day of Older Persons
Here are some ways you can appreciate the seniors in your life, both during this time and all throughout the year:
1. Ask for Advice
Did you know that the elderly are among the wisest people in society? Throughout their entire lifetime, the elderly gain life experiences on various matters and can offer meaningful advice where need be.
And while they may not have experience in all fields, engaging them for advice on general life issues makes them feel valued and appreciated.
2. Visit Them
The International Day of Older Persons presents you with an opportunity to visit your senior loved ones. This doesn’t only mean you should visit seniors in their homes; even those living in care homes need regular visits.
Visiting the elderly makes them feel appreciated — they feel that someone is constantly thinking about them, which gives them peace of mind.
However, it can sometimes be hard to visit your elderly loved one as much as you want because of your busy schedule or distance. In this case, you can consider relocating your loved one.
And at Reflections Management and Care, we are relocation experts.
Our geriatric care manager provides proper assessment on your loved one and issues reports based on the level of care they need. Such reports help you transition your loved one smoothly and safely into the new location.
By relocating, you will be close to your senior loved one, which leads to a happy life and the ability to create beautiful memories together.
3. Check on Them Regularly
Another way of appreciating your seniors is by checking on them regularly. Doing so makes them feel loved and appreciated. They stop feeling like they are a burden to you, which gives them peace of mind.
In this digital era, you have an added advantage over the standard voice calls; you can now contact your seniors through video calls, which adds a sense of personal touch to the conversation.
For seamless connections with an added touch of safety, you can get your loved one Electronic Caregiver.
Electronic Caregiver is a special smart device that helps you monitor your senior loved one’s safety and well-being at all times. It also allows you to check in on your loved one through the internet, using voice commands. This way, you can stay up to date with their daily routines without having to worry about them.
This device gives your loved ones a chance to live independently and enjoy life while maintaining their health at its peak. Electronic Caregiver is designed to allow older persons to live longer, be more independent, and live safely.
Other ways you can show appreciation for your senior loved ones include getting them thoughtful gifts, engaging them in creative activities, and cooking or baking for them.
Celebrate Your Elderly Loved One
If you want to see your seniors aging well, you need to show them love, care, and attention. And if you are overwhelmed or don’t know how to go about making care decisions for your loved ones, contact us today, and we’ll be ready to help.