Make sure you take time next week to celebrate Grandparents Day being celebrated on September 12 and NCAL’s National Assisted Living Week September 12 – 18. Grandparents day was first officially observed in 1979 after Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation, designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. There are over 2.6 million grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them in 2008. These grandparents represented about 41 percent of all
grandparents whose grandchildren lived with them. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers, and 983,000 were grandfathers.
Established by NCAL in 1995, National Assisted Living Week provides highlight local opportunities for residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community to participate in events that showcase activities and interaction between communities. Look for local announcements around the country for activities celebrating this year’s theme, “Living Life”.