21 Aug 2022

Celebrate World Senior Citizens Day

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If you have a senior citizen in your house or in your life in general, then today is a reminder to appreciate them and let them know that you care for them. World Senior Citizen Day is celebrated on the 21st August every year. The day helps bring awareness about elder abuse and age deterioration. This is the day we honour the contribution of senior citizens in the betterment of our society. To know senior citizens’ needs, talk to them and consult with healthcare providers when they need help.

Two elderly people playing Jenga

Importance of World Senior Citizens Day

On 21st August, 2022, we dive into the significance of World Citizen day by reading about its history, government policies and the celebrating spirit of the day. Also learn about way to keep a check on your elders’ mental & physical health. 

World Senior Citizens Day 2022 Celebration

A young kid holding hand of an elder person

We live in the digital era today and as much of an aid as it can be to senior citizens, it still hasn’t reached everyone. Elderly people are bound to get overwhelmed with the advanced technology. It is our responsibility to help them understand these technologies and make their daily lives easier. 

Getting confused on routes, payment transactions or trying to get in touch with old relatives and friends. We can teach them their way around the smart phones and install apps to their aid and needs. We can help them save so much time and energy spent in their daily chores that helps them spend time in self care activities better. Therefore, society’s younger generations need to help them cope and stay up to date with these advancements in order to lead a happy life.

Another way to celebrate the day is to visit an Adult Care Home and spend time with the elders. Lend a year to them and make them feel heard and noticed. Your compassion will add happiness to their lives. 

History of World Senior Citizens Day

  • The Social Security Act was signed on 14 August 1935 by the famous US President, Franklin Roosevelt
  • Furthermore, the former US president Ronald Reagan officially accepted World Citizens Day on 19 August 1988
  • Later 21 August was officially recognized as the World Senior Citizens Day in the US
  • And after a few years, other countries also adopted the day to pay respect to the senior citizens

Indian Government Schemes for Betterment of the Senior Citizens

  • Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Scheme
  • Varishta Mediclaim PolicyRashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
  • NPHCE: National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly
  • IGNOAPS: Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme
  • Varishta Pension Bima Yojana

International Senior Citizens Day is a reminder of all the social and economic issues that affect the old people around us. Concerned authorities organise various programs to solve issues related to senior citizens and help the old aged people as much as possible. 

Keeping A Check On Elders Physical & Mental Health

A doctor comforting an elder man

Here are some suggestions to help everyone understand how to take care of the senior citizens around them. 

  1. Consultation: When it comes to exercise or any other physical activities for a senior citizen, you must consult the doctor. As adults have different body types and strength which affect their mobility and they won’t be able to perform activities that call for vigorous movements or extreme bends.

    Keep a check that they don’t overdo any workouts. Also, check for pain as some elderly may be new to exercising and over doing or wrong postures can cause long term injuries. One of the most effective overall workouts is to walk around the house. They can keep active by engaging in hobbies of their likings.
  2. Music Therapy: Activities such as singing and dancing will act as therapy for elderly people. Engaging into these activities can help prevent Cardiovascular diseases while creating a happy memory for them.
  3. Earth Therapy: Gardening will be another therapy to keep senior citizens active and healthy. It improves mobility with a dose of fresh air. Keep your loved ones active and moving by planting indoors.

Care for the elderly people around you. Celebrate the day, shop for their essentials, curate a health care kit for them, or for their bedtime essentials. Show you appreciation for their presence in your lives. Explore the product range at your grocery delivery app, Milkbasket! And help us be a part of your celebrations!

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