Happy Memorial Day – uhm no one ever really says that do they? No, not really. Traditionally Memorial Day is a day of remembrance –A day to remember those who died while in active duty serving our country. First, I want to thank those who served and protected us, which affords us certain freedoms that others only dream of having.
However, on this Memorial Day I am proposing a twist – in conjunction with remembering our fallen heroes let’s celebrate our daily heroes – our elders and caregivers. Let us share some flowers with those who are with us that have sacrificed and served and helped to make someone’s life better. For many Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. People are getting ready to don their aprons and BBQ hats to fire up the grill. For this weekend, let your focus be on someone else and help create memories for the days to come.
Here are 5 Quick Tips to Remember a Senior and/or Caregiver:
- Let us not forget those who may sick, grieving a loss, shut-in or alone.
- Look in on a senior: Call an elderly relative, stop by and drop off some BBQ.
- Call a friend or family member who’s a caregiver and let them know that you are thinking of them. Chances are they have been busy and don’t get a day off like everyone else.
- If you have a BBQ at your home – Invite them. They may say yes and even if they say no, I bet they will enjoy knowing that someone is thinking of them. It might just lift their spirits.
- If a loved one has passed on, think of how you can do something to honor them –Look at old photos, recall funny stories, or make a new tradition to pay homage to them on that day.
What are some ways that you can help remember a loved one? Please share in the comments.