In 1988, President Ronald Reagan deemed August 14 National Senior Citizens Day to honor the contributions of senior citizens to society.
Senior citizens are a valuable part of communities in the Corridor. Their contributions provide much needed assistance and opportunities for their families, friends and neighbors that may be otherwise unavailable.
Corridor seniors have ample opportunities to contribute to society after retirement. Three areas in which senior citizens make a big impact are volunteering, mentoring and providing care.
- Volunteering: Leaving the workforce does not mean bowing out of society! Volunteering is an opportunity for seniors to use their natural talents and professional skills to continue doing what they love after retirement. Many seniors keep their skills sharp by reading to children at local schools, assisting patients and visitors at hospitals and taking active roles in community organizations, including neighborhood watch groups, delivering Meals on Wheels and helping with beautification projects.
- Mentoring: Seniors have a distinct advantage over younger generations- they have many years of passion and experience to share! Their life experience and wisdom are invaluable to young professionals seeking to build their careers. When seniors transfer their knowledge, they equip the next generation with the confidence and resources to be successful.
- Providing care: Many older Americans are active in the daily lives of their grandchildren. They often help their own children by providing deeply discounted or free childcare during working hours. Many seniors also spend a lot of time caring for their ailing spouses, friends or family members. Whether a senior is a full-time caregiver, providing respite or offering companionship, their time and compassion is priceless.
Here’s to all the senior citizens in the Corridor! Thank you for all you do to make our communities great places to live, work and play!