On August 21st, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation. The day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives.
Here at NAM, we value our seniors and show our appreciation by doing what we can to meet their needs and provide them with our services. Many of them receive free meals and groceries from our Meals on Wheels program, some have needed rental assistance, and some just need pet food or cleaning supplies. Whatever their needs are, NAM is here.
In these very uncertain and potentially dangerous times, it is vital for people of all ages to follow CDC guidelines and adhere to recommendations that promote good health and safety. For that reason, NAM suspended the activities in our Young At Heart Senior Center to protect our more vulnerable clients. While it is vital to socially distance and stay home as much as possible, at NAM, we know it is equally important that seniors do the things that will keep them socially engaged and connected with friends.
Seniors, in particular, are especially vulnerable to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Older adults who reside in senior living communities are typically more active and social because of their connections with neighbors. While we remain quarantined, we must do our best to remain social because socialization can potentially:
- Increase immune system response
- Help you feel connected and supported by others
- Decrease cognitive loss
- Decrease feelings of depression and anxiety
- Decrease health complications from conditions like obesity and heart disease
The Young at Heart Senior Center staff is working each week to provide activities to help our seniors remain social but in a safe way. For the past few months, we have provided ways for seniors to connect or participate in activities virtually. This month, we have encouraged them to try virtual Zumba Gold and Fitness, we are providing a six-session Chronic Disease Self-Management Class hosted by Texas Southern University, Virtual Bingo, and "Coffee and Catching Up" chat sessions.
In honor of National Senior Citizens Day, NAM would like to say "thank you" to all of our seniors for everything they do and all of the joy they bring to us. If you know of a senior who needs assistance with food, rent, prescriptions, or some virtual interaction, please call (281) 885-4555 or click here.