Grandparents Day September 13th

September was chosen for this holiday which originates from the campaign spearheaded by Marion McQuade (a grandmother) from Virginia, U.S.A., in 1970 to set aside a special day just for grandparents and the preservation of heritage. Mrs. McQuade had dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of senior citizens and those less fortunate than herself. September was chosen signifying the " autumn years of life" and on this day, this event is observed throughout the U.S.A., Canada (1995) and the United Kingdom. The flower is forget-me-not.

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. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.

Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) enjoys exclusive benefits and a wealth of knowledge from our volunteers and staff (grandparents) that offer a wide range of services to our community. Everyone is a grandchild and can be involved in our observance of Grandparents Day, a time to discover roots and learn patience and understanding for our elderly which we firmly believe at PWC.

Let’s make this day a threefold purpose: to honour our grandparents and to give an opportunity to show love to our children’s children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

This is not to forget we are experiencing a difficult time of social distancing because of COVID-19 and still reach out and be involved with our seniors. We cannot say thank you enough to our volunteers and clients that is the backbone to our success at PWC and yes grandparents while the focus is being placed on the safety of everyone.

Grandparents who often serve as the linchpin of the families and community day to day operation will be facing tough decisions on how to remain safely connected to their grandchildren as COVID maintains its foothold on us this fall. Staying connected to grandchildren is a key in keeping our older generation active, engaged and mentally healthy. While nothing replaces a real-life hug let’s get creative about connecting as our social connection looks different these days but it’s as important as ever for bolstering mental wellness. Let’s look at ideas, phone calls are a great way to stay in touch with family and the savvy grandparents that have I-phones and use FaceTime and or their computer for Zoom to connect from a distance , not all have this technology , consider exchanging letters and cards (children and grandparents get a giggle from this) still. If your grandchildren are near, going for a walk is a great way to share stories or a drive by visit to catch up with loved ones. Grandparents can explore technology by learning from a laptop (Zoom) and we at PWC can help you with this, so give us a call. This might be intimidating but your grandchildren would enjoy the opportunity to help you and share their savvy.

Loved ones are a rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your families how much you care. - author unknown –

Please call 250-767-0141 or visit www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca

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