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Millions of people have made drinking a cup of coffee part of their morning routine. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the U.S. spends upwards of $40 billion on coffee each year, and about 54 percent of adults drink at least one cup a day. Given the important role the beverage plays in everyday life, it should come as no surprise that it has its own holiday, and caffeine consumers can raise their mug Sept. 29 to toast National Coffee Day.
The Constitution forms the backbone of life in the U.S. Whether it's providing us with freedom of speech, laying out laws for elections or determining what rights we have as citizens, the document holds a hallowed place in the minds of many Americans. The Constitution is also closely tied with what it means to be an American citizen, and Sept. 17 - the day the Constitution was adopted - is designated as a celebration of both the document and those who have completed the path to citizenship.
For the last 12 years, Sept. 11 has carried a considerable emotional weight. It's almost impossible to spend the day without thinking about the more than 2,970 lives that were lost in 2001, and each year since then the country has marked Sept. 11 as Patriot Day. Initially designated as a time for prayer and remembrance, Patriot Day is among the most solemn occasions in the U.S., and there are a variety of different observances around the country.
While many people marked the unofficial end of summer over Labor Day weekend, members of the Jewish community were likely gearing up for arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Set for celebration between sunset Sept. 4 through nightfall Sept. 6, the holiday is the first of the High Holy Days and holds a place among the most important observances to those of the Jewish faith.
Spending time with canine companions is a vital part of life for many older adults. This is certainly the case at Sunrise Senior Living communities, where it's not unusual to see one or more dogs helping brighten the days of many residents. National Dog Day, Aug. 26, is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to highlight the significant contributions that four-legged friends can make in improving the health and quality of life of older adults.
Older adults deserve recognition every day of the year. Not only are they a wealth of knowledge and experience, but they often help blaze a trail for the younger generations that came after them. While they are always held in high esteem, Aug. 21 is recognized as National Senior Citizens Day and gives everyone around the country the chance to celebrate the vital role America's 65-and-older citizens play in the national community.
There are few greater causes for celebration than the arrival of the Fourth of July. As America's birthday, it's one of the few holidays that are unique only to the U.S. and it's the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, enjoying the summer weather, food and fireworks. Celebrating Independence Day may not always be easy for older adults living in retirement communities who have limited mobility and might not be able to head out to the local parade or fireworks display. However, family caregivers can take the right steps to bring the holiday to their loved ones and honor the country's independence in style.