by Eunice Trotter
There is a special day coming up that reminds people to visit loved ones in senior communities.
This year it is Sunday, Sept. 9. At senior-living communities nationwide, including American Senior Communities in Indiana, activities are held each year on this day to encourage visits from families.
National Grandparent’s Day was started by Marian McQuade, of Fayette County, W.Va., to bring attention to the need for people in nursing homes to receive visits from family, especially grandchildren. It was proclaimed national holiday in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.
Grandparents have a special bond with grandchildren that can be strengthened with regular contact. Plus kids are so much fun. They help brighten your loved ones’ day. When family visits, it assures the loved one they have not been forgotten. It keeps the family connected.
How often should visits take place? Some people drop in three or four times a week; others a few times a month and on special days like birthdays or special anniversaries. The frequency varies. Ask yourself how often you would visit if your loved one lived at home. Use that rule of thumb, and start making your regular visits on National Grandparent’s Day.
Guest blogger Eunice Trotter is the communications specialist for American Senior Communities, which operates 25 centers in the Indianapolis area. For more information, visit www.ASCSeniorCare.com.