Celebrate the Seniors You Love in 2013

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 01 January 2013

On the first day of January, people everywhere are kicking their resolutions into high gear. Most of them don’t sound like much fun though — like cutting out chocolate, scaling back on spending, or getting up at the crack of dawn to exercise.

What if you made a resolution to celebrate the seniors you know and love this year?

What if you thought about all the seniors you know — grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings, neighbors, teachers, friends — and decided to enjoy every minute spent with them in the coming year?

What if you decided to learn from them, to listen to their stories?

Here are a few ideas to celebrate seniors this year:

  1. Do an interview. Ask them about their first kiss, first job, the birth of their first child, memorable travels, a favorite recipe.
  2. Do something nice, just because. Send them flowers, their favorite treats, a book, or a handwritten note. (And preferably not on their birthday — surprises are more special.)
  3. Do good. Ask if there is something you can help with, like reading through or making sense of Medicare forms, buying stamps, winterizing the home, or driving them to the grocery store.


Your turn: What would you add to the list?


There are 5 Comments about this post

  1. Gil Summers says,

    Lovely reminder. Just posted this on our active 50+ community resort (Sun Park Living in the European Canary Islands). So important to live in and with gratitude and positive expectancy every day. Happy new year.


    on 02 January 2013 / 1:25 PM

  2. Thank you, Gil! I appreciate you posting it and thank you for your lovely comments; I completely agree. Well-said too about living with gratitude and positive expectancy — love that. Happy new year to you as well!


    on 02 January 2013 / 1:34 PM

  3. Thank you Michelle. I am posting this on my organazations sites. What a wonderful idea thanks for sharingl Margaret


    on 03 January 2013 / 9:37 PM

  4. You’re welcome! Thank YOU for posting it on your organization’s site…there isn’t much that makes me happier than to know that the information and insights are being shared with others!


    on 04 January 2013 / 7:59 AM

  5. You’re welcome, Shiela! I always loved “interviewing” residents when I used to work in senior living. I agree…they have SO many wonderful stories! I’m glad you’re there to hear a few of them. Thanks for your comment; glad you liked the ideas!


    on 09 January 2013 / 8:14 AM


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