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 the Canadian economy and that their contribution is valuable and ongoing. Seniors helped build our communities and our country.
BC Community Response Network’s intent in connecting to this event is to bring awareness to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of our vulnerable seniors.
Canadian seniors make up more than 15.6 percent of the population. By 2030, seniors will reach 9.5 million and make up 23% of Canadians.
Sadly, many older adults are vulnerable to multiple forms of abuse and need everyone to be supportive. It is easy to show your respect and gratitude for the older adults in your life. There are many options to thank the seniors in your life for all their hard work and show them just how much they’re appreciated.
Here are just a few:
- 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.