Presbyterian Homes & Services joins in recognizing National Grandparents’ Day, September 10, 2017. “Do Something Grand!” is the theme designated by Generations United, a national organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth and older adults.
Grandparents’ Day honors older adults who are dedicated to their families. They enjoy the energy, imagination and love of their grandchildren and see their family story and values live on in new generations. The day also applauds how grandparents influence their grandchildren to grow up well with the understanding that children belong and are loved.
The origin of National Grandparents’ Day is credited to Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade who, throughout the 1970s, promoted the important contributions older adults made in the lives of children and teens. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience. National Grandparents Day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Each year since, the President is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day; and to call on people, groups and organizations to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Every day is Grandparents’ Day at Presbyterian Homes’ Communities
Go to any Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) community and we’re laying odds that you’ll find grandparents in the house. Okay, it’s really not a long shot. We’re also pretty sure that you’ll find grandchildren of all ages who are visiting their grandparents and great-grandparents. We know you’ll see that, by simply being together, they generate happiness.
At PHS we’ve found that the unique relationship between young and old extends beyond biological ties. Many PHS communities create opportunities for older adults and youth to come together. On-site child care centers at EagleCrest, Boutwells Landing and Lake Minnetonka Shores bring old and young in regular contact nearly every day. Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, church youth groups and school classmates visit PHS communities to share in activities, celebrate holidays or work together on a common project. Young and old have been seen gardening, cooking, painting, building, singing and even dancing together.
When they share these moments and exchange their stories, they strengthen important values such as friendship, mutual respect, compassion, empathy and a job well done. Residents who participate in intergenerational activities make a grand difference in the lives of children and youth, even as they are enriched by their young grand-friends.
Remember to visit or contact your grandparents, “grandfriends” and the older adults in your life today. Something grand happens when younger and older people come together.