Marian McQuade, a housewife out of West Virginia, founded the holiday known as Grandparents Day nearly 30 years ago. It was designed as a time to recognize grandparents and bring increased attention to the value of elderly adults and those living in nursing homes.
What began as a local celebration and state holiday, eventually was proclaimed a national holiday by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. National Grandparents Day is a family celebration and a chance to pay tribute to the important roles grandparents play in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Today, grandparents are often very involved in caring for grandchildren and helping parents with daily household responsibilities while they are at work. Many are the primary caretakers of their grandchildren. There are also many grandparents that live in states away from their grandchildren and try very hard to remain important people in the lives of their grandchildren.
While many families try to care for their aging family members when they become sick, many cannot and choose to place them in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. It is imperative that people remember that grandparents create special relationships, help us develop our moral beliefs and teach lessons of a lifetime. According to President Carter, “Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us.”
A few suggestions for you to celebrate National Grandparents Day are:
Family picnic or meal together
Play games together with the family
Watch old family movies or looking at photo albums
Share stories with family members
Construct a family tree together
Visit and participate celebrations held at nursing home facilities
Video and web calls
Cards and thoughtful gifts
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