I have lived at Lewisville Estates for ten months. It was a major decision for me, coming from my own home of many years, to a smaller space and community setting. I have not once regretted the move. The staff is very accommodating; the residents are friendly and welcoming. When wanted or needed, activities are available. This is now Home!
Senior Citizens Day is August 21st! Back
National Senior Citizens Day is a wonderful chance to celebrate the wisdom and achievements senior citizens have made as well as advocate for the rights of older people around the world. In 1988, Ronald Reagan declared a day of observance to “honor senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities, bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.” Of course everyday of the year is a wonderful day to honor and advocate for seniors, but sometimes it is nice to have a special day set aside to focus on family legacy and intergenerational contact. Here are just a few ways you can engage with your family to build connections and create long-lasting memories:
Watch old home videos or create new ones. Dust off those VHS tapes and enjoy watching old family videos together. It may be a good time to think about digitizing those memories for your loved ones so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Some of the best family treasures are filmed interviews with grandmas and grandpas in their later years. Take time to come up with questions you’ve always wanted to hear straight from the mouth of the special senior in your life and enjoy learning about their many triumphs, trials, and maybe even some secrets! These recorded interviews will serve as precious keepsakes to be shared with posterity for years to come.
Share a skill or knowledge. Take this opportunity to have a one-on-one lesson together learning something you’ve always wanted to know. Maybe it's those special molasses cookies that only grandma knows how to make, or maybe it's those special whittled sculptures that grandpa does just right. You can sit together and learn genealogy, knitting or sewing, crafting or discussing books.
Connect. If you don’t live close enough to hug, make eye contact, and be together physically, there are lots of ways you can connect with your favorite senior this month. Sending a card, talking together on the phone, or for the tech-savvy seniors, you can Skype or FaceTime. Finding ways to connect with each other will strengthen those familial bonds that tie us together no matter the distance.
Check-in. Make time to ensure that your favorite senior is well taken care of. Drop in unexpectedly for special surprises, a fun outing, and to genuinely make sure they are okay and their needs are met. Talk to them about their doctor’s visits, help them with any concerns about driving or safety. Let them know you care and you are there for them when they need you.
Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day by doing little, meaningful things together. It is a great time to reflect on friendships, family, health, and community. You may feel so uplifted that you just might want everyday to be national senior citizens day!
When we arrived at Lewisville Estates ten months ago, we were quite apprehensive to begin a whole new way of life in our old age. However, we were warmly greeted by residents and staff alike. We were most pleasantly surprised with our new apartment and quickly settled into our new home. We have been very contented and happy here.
I like Lewisville Estates because all of the people are so friendly. The games are fun and there is always something to do. I enjoy going out to the garden and watching the fish and birds; some of us got to see a roadrunner. I had never seen one before so that was exciting. There is also a hummingbird and a green parakeet.
I am so blessed to be able to live in such a wonderful place as this for the past 21 months. The food is great, the staff is so helpful and friendly, and the other residents are great people. We have so many activities here so we never get bored or lonely. Another thing I enjoy here is the weekly housekeeping service; I don't have to clean the bathroom, vacuum, or change the bed linens anymore. I can enjoy all of the fun things and they take care of the work!
My mother has been a resident at Lewisville Estates for about four years and recently we had to move her because she needed more care. It was regrettable that we had to move because we had grown to consider Lewisville Estates home. That is about the greatest compliment I can give to the staff at Lewisville Estates and the management at Tarantino Properties. Home is a place where one can feel comfortable, at peace and surrounded by loving, caring people. We found that at Lewisville Estates and are very grateful to every person there.