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Showing appreciation for the loving sacrifices our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other influential women in our lives made for us is important. It’s something we should do all year, but on one day in particular. That is the second Sunday every May, when we celebrate Mother’s Day.
As we begin a brand new year, family caregivers might be feeling anything but reinvigorated. The holidays often place additional demands on already overwhelmed caregivers. While most of us resolve to start the new year on a healthier, more positive note, it can be a difficult resolution for caregivers to stick to.
Gift shopping for a senior who seems to have everything is a challenge many adult children and family members face during the holidays. Seniors often downsize their homes and belongings during retirement and aren’t interested in acquiring more “stuff.” Spending time with loved ones is what usually becomes more valued with age.
December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It marks the day in 1941 when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched an attack on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On that day, 353 Japanese aircraft launched air assaults that resulted in eight U.S. Navy battleships being damaged or sunk.
Thanksgiving is typically a day to pause and give thanks for life’s many blessings. Many older adults gather with friends and family to enjoy a traditional meal. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the holiday’s traditional menu choices aren’t very healthy.
Veterans are our nation’s heroes. They proved their loyalty by selflessly serving in the military and fighting to preserve our freedoms. On November 11 each year, our nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Whether they are part of what has been dubbed the “greatest generation” or fought in Vietnam, it’s important to show them we remember and appreciate their service.
Grandparents play a vital role in many families. A grandparent can be a confidant, a source of unconditional love, and a resource for learning and exploring. Research also shows that children who have a grandparent involved in their life in a positive way develop healthy attitudes about aging.
The Labor Day holiday is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. For many people, it is a three-day weekend that marks the end of the summer. It is celebrated with barbecues, picnics, and parades in towns all across the county.