Summer is a great time for activities and holidays as well as long weekends, many of which seniors may or may not notice since retirement. The next long weekend is Labor Day, which falls on Monday September 3rd this year. Labor Day is associated with those who worked tirelessly to make the American Labor system the way it is today, including the hourly routine used for 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of rest.
While many people don’t officially observe this aspect of Labor Day itself with people occasionally asking ‘What exactly is Labor Day?’, one thing is for certain - almost everyone uses this final long weekend of the summer to get out, enjoy the weather and have barbecues, play sports games and generally have a long, final farewell to summer before the school days ring in again, usually the following day (sometimes the following week, depending on school district).
Labor Day is a great long weekend opportunity to get seniors involved with family barbecues, outings to the zoo, the pool or other activities such as these. If the weather is poor, you can still have a family gathering - just maybe Dad’s cooking those burgers in the oven instead of on the barbecue. Things like board games, movie night and other fun family activities are a great way to get grandma or grandpa involved and can help lower feelings of isolation and unhappiness, while boosting social skills and helping them feel included which goes a long way to helping their overall health.
Family has a direct impact on the overall quality of life in seniors.
Not only is Labor Day a great day to just chill out and take a load off, this is a perfect time for your seniors to spend with their grandchildren before the kids head back to school. If they have grandkids who are going to head off to the likes of high school it can be the perfect opportunity to have one last day of fun and frivolity before the school year is a barrage of school work, time with friends and exams
Even if your clients don’t have family they can spend the day with, a trip out to your local park, their favourite coffee shop, a stroll along a river and more can be a great way to catch the last couple of weeks before autumn begins to set in. There are a whole host of great ways you can take advantage of long weekends, so what will you choose to do? We’d love to hear from you about ways you help your seniors get involved in long weekends year round.
Stay tuned next month when we bring you tips on getting seniors involved in Halloween.