Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Visiting Angels NJ Promotes National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day. Its goals are to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love to their grandchildren, and to help young people become knowledgeable of the strength, guidance, and the wealth of information older adults offer. In 1978, Congress passed legislation to proclaim the first National Grandparents Day, a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. This day is relevant for all involved in NJ elder care.

Grandparents Day was designed to be a family day. Many schools, churches, and senior organizations hold special events just for the observance.

9 Ideas to help celebrate Grandparents Day for the young and old:

  • Organize a family reunion
  • Play fun board games
  • Tell interesting stories
  • Look through old photo albums
  • Share hobbies together: cooking, quilting, art
  • Sing or play your family’s favorite music
  • Teach your family’s favorite dances
  • Develop a family tree
  • Talk about your family history

Don’t Forget Other Seniors!

While many of us are fortunate to have our own grandparents/grandchildren, there are many seniors who have no family, or none who live nearby. Perhaps they are living alone in their home, or are in a nursing home. It’s important to include these people into a Grandparents Day celebration as well. Send cards, visit, or give them a call to help them feel loved and less lonely. They may even want to become a Foster Grandparent!

For more information on National Grandparents Day, visit www.grandparents-day.com