October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) and is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate the profound contributions of seniors in our homes, communities and workplace.

Article from the BC Assoc. of Community Response Networks:

October 1 is National Seniors Day, an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate older adults.  The intent of National Seniors Day is to showcase the contribution seniors make to Canadian society and the Canadian economy.  The federal government acknowledges, “seniors contribute in many ways, including by sharing their experiences, expertise, and knowledge with other generations… The contribution of seniors is invaluable and ongoing.”

Sadly, many older adults are vulnerable to experiencing multiple forms of abuse.  BC CRN’s intent in connecting to National Seniors Day is to bring awareness to abuse, neglect, and self-neglect among vulnerable seniors.  

Showing your respect and gratitude to the older adults in your life is simple – here are a few ways to show them they are valued and appreciated:

  • Say “thank you”
  • Take a walk together
  • Cook a meal together
  • Treat them to a day out
  • Send a card to a senior you care about
  • Smile and just say “hi”
  • Post a message on the Seniors in Canada Facebook page

Show you care.  Your local CRN can provide information and support to seniors. 

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