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Do you know someone who is in assisted living, or are you looking for a way to give back to seniors in the local community? National Assisted Living Week is a terrific opportunity to let the seniors in your life and in your area know they are appreciated. And it’s right around the corner – this year it’s being held September 9-15.
Read on to discover some key facts about this annual event and ways you can make a difference!
What Is National Assisted Living Week?
National Assisted Living Week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 with the goal of recognizing the role assisted living plays in the lives of seniors and disabled individuals on a daily basis. Every year during the week, NCAL offers unique events for residents, senior living staff members, volunteers, family members, and communities to help promote awareness and provide rewarding opportunities. Activities designed to celebrate assisted living members and educate the public about long-term care are particularly emphasized.
On top of all this, every year National Assisted Living Week is given a new theme to highlight a specific aspect of assisted living members’ lives. This year’s theme is “Capture the Moment” with its focus being on inspiring residents to seize the day and realize their goals and aspirations.
Videos and pictures are also being stressed this year due to the theme’s title, as is reflection, all to encourage residents to look back on key moments of their lives. In total, the theme looks to emphasize both the past and the future for seniors and other assisted living members.
In regards to the theme, NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle stated:
“We want this year’s National Assisted Living Week to help overcome the stigma that older adults in assisted living communities, and other settings for that matter, don’t have a purpose in life anymore. No matter your age, we should all be living life to its fullest. Assisted living caregivers help seniors realize this by supporting them with everyday tasks, while maximizing their independence and honoring their individuality.”
How Can I Get Involved?
There are a variety of ways you can take part in National Assisted Living Week, so let’s take a look at a few.
1. Put Up Flyers
One of the best ways you can spread awareness in your local community is by printing off simple flyers on your home computer, hitting the pavement, and putting them up in various locations.
Many local businesses and government buildings have community bulletin boards perfect for such flyers, such as:
- Grocery stores
- Community centers
- Post offices
- Colleges and universities
Getting the word out about the week and encouraging others in the community to reach out to assisted living members in the area can be greatly beneficial to seniors’ lives, and the good of the community as a whole!
2. Post on Social Media
To supplement your efforts with the flyers, or if you simply are short on time, posting information about National Assisted Living Week on social media can be incredibly valuable as well.
You can direct people to the NCAL site, encourage them to visit seniors at retirement communities like those of National Church Residences, share any relevant articles or care tips you have, or anything else! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more offer a lot of possibilities including through links, graphics, memes, videos, photos, and more. And if you’re using Twitter, be sure to incorporate a relevant hashtag like #NationalAssistedLivingWeek or #AssistedLiving – more people will find your great info!
3. Visit Friends and Family at an Assisted Living Community
Obviously one of the biggest ways you can make a difference during National Assisted Living Week is by directly interacting with seniors who are part of an assisted living program.
If you have family or friends who are in a senior living community, it’s always a great time to stop by and spend some quality time, but this week is especially worthwhile for making an appearance and sharing in their lives. There’s a good chance the community will have some activities offered throughout the week, so you could take part in those, or plan some of your own!
If you don’t have anyone in your social circle that is part of an assisted living program you can still do your part in the local community by helping area seniors.
Reach out to the assisted living and senior living communities in your area to find out what you can do to make a difference in seniors’ lives. Many areas also promote Adopt-a-Grandparent programs, so be sure to check into those if you’re wanting to offer year-round help.
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