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On August 21st, we celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

Each year on August 21st, the United States recognizes National Senior Citizens Day.

National Senior Citizens Day was created to support, honor, and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements. Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live.

For all, they have achieved throughout life, and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are right places in which to mature and grow older — situations in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity. ~ President Ronald Reagan – August 19th, 1988, Proclamation 5847

A great way to celebrate older adults in our lives is to assess their living arrangements and evaluate all possibilities. It is documented that older adults renew their desire to live in assisted living communities.

Keep in mind that when you reach old age, some factors such as chronic diseases, limitations in mobility or lack of energy threaten socialization and, without realizing it, many older adults fall into isolation and depression that far to protect them deteriorates their health.

Sharing with others at this stage of life becomes not only a door to enjoyment but also a powerful tool to stay active, with vitality and joy. We want you to join us to explore some of the benefits to live in an assisted living community.

Most communities have established schedules for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a dining room that can also be converted into a multipurpose room. If you miss your mealtime, many communities have coffees where you can have a snack, and everyone will serve their meals in your place in case you feel unwell. Meals are designed to be nutritious and meet your specific dietary requirements. You can usually choose from several main dishes, side dishes, and desserts, and sometimes there is an à la carte menu to order.

After meals, communities offer not only scheduled activities but also facilities and equipment so you can do things on your own. The activities may include carpentry, arts, and crafts, swimming, reading a library book, spending time on the terrace or in the yard with family, neighbors or friends, or other activities in which you are interested. You will find that many of the other residents come from environments like yours, and most are friendly and welcoming. You can even discover an old friend who lives a few doors down. Your family is always welcome at lunchtime, for activities or to visit.

Scheduled activities, which are, of course, voluntary, may include an exercise class, water aerobics, biblical and religious studies, art and education classes, trips to stores or restaurants, social events, book clubs, music entertainment and of another kind, even happy hours. If there is an activity you like, you can usually find it.

Therefore, participation in positive activities helps to preserve mental health in the elderly and improves their quality of life. Educational activities adapted to the elderly serve so that older adults maintain an active social life, do not feel alone, and live a healthier and more satisfactory aging process.

Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon is an excellent option in Miami-Dade for assisted living. With more than 29 years of experience, Residential Plaza provides an affordable home with assisted living services that allow older adults to live in a safe, caring and supportive environment while maintaining their dignity, independence, and purpose.

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