August 21 marks National Senior Citizens Day.
To celebrate, we asked residents at Buckner senior living communities across the state to answer the question, "What does it mean to be a senior adult?" Here's what they had to say.
"I enjoy being a senior. I’m blessed with good health. I enjoy life. I have a strong faith, and I live in a prayerful way. I wake up thanking God for the new day and for his constant love and care. The days go by so fast!
Really, seniors can do a lot of things. A lot of people think we’re old folks. I’m 87, but I’m not old! I exercise, go to the grocery store and participate in singalongs. I do Wii golf and Wii bowling, and I get in three miles of walking every day. A person is as old as they feel, or as old as they let themselves be."
"Being a senior adult means that I’ve lived most of my life and I’m ready to meet my maker. I don’t know just when that would be, but it can’t be too far off. For now, though, I’m involved with so much, it’s hard to keep up! I do whatever I want to do, and I’m very happy to be here at Buckner."
"I think the needs and the desires for senior citizens are essentially the same as for anybody else. We have to be flexible because things are just not the same as they used to be. That’s true for everyone, though. Everyone feels older than they used to be. You, along with everyone else, are changing. You have to adapt to all these changes.
As we get older, we do place more importance on our families. With Buckner, we have two families: the family we live with here, and then our kids and grandkids. Both teach us to appreciate every day."