Active Retirement Week18th to 24th June 2013THEME“Getting to Know You”Monday           LAUNCH                 Bring a Frie...
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Goals and BenefitsAs youre planning your Grandparents Day event, keepthese goals and benefits in mind:   Give children an ...
National Grandparents Day started in the USA in 1978 and has been running in the UK since1990. It is an annual celebration...
Research findingsOf our 23,000 members on the amount of time spent helping families and communities (suchas childminding/v...
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  1. 1. Active Retirement Week18th to 24th June 2013THEME“Getting to Know You”Monday LAUNCH Bring a Friend to your Local ARATuesday Ask the ExpertWednesday In-store ARI StandsThursday Annual Awards CeremonyFriday Regional Fun Day - Mid Summer MadnessSaturdaySundayAs the ExpertHealth & FitnessKnow your rightsIn-store ARI StandsWhere’s your local group?AwarenessMembership increaseCorporate PartnersSupervaluFlora pro.activSpecsaversSHAWSMedia PartnersIrish TimesRTE Radio 1
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  3. 3. Goals and BenefitsAs youre planning your Grandparents Day event, keepthese goals and benefits in mind: Give children an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for their grandparents (or other significant older people in their lives). Give grandparents an opportunity to show their love and caring for their grandchildren. Create "a memory" – an enjoyable, memorable experience for children and their grandparents. Honor older adults and give them validation in their role of grandparent (or "grandfriend" or mentor). Grandparents need to know that they are making a difference in the lives of younger generations. Give older adults a chance to share some of their life experiences with their own grandchildren and other children, and expose children to the information and guidance older people can offer. Older people want to make a difference in the lives of those that follow. A sense of legacy is a basic human need. Make children and adults – especially parents and teachers – aware of the strengths of older people, and confront some of the stereotypes we often hold toward aging and older adulthood. Encourage and support long-term, mutually- supportive, caring intergenerational relationships. Grandparents will appreciate any concrete ideas and resources you provide to help them build and maintain a connection with the young. Give grandparents an opportunity to see firsthand what children are doing in todays schools and meet the teachers. The education system has to be made real and relevant to older adults. Foster community relations and boost family involvement in schools. Children whose families – parents and grandparents – are involved in their education learn better. Schools get much needed additional support. Encourage older adults to fulfill a social role and responsibility by volunteering in schools and acting as mentors, which benefits children and can transform a beleaguered education system. By doing activities leading up to and then after the event, expose children to new ideas from a historical, multigenerational, and life course perspective. Create a community that remembers its history as it builds its future. Young and old can find wisdom and inspiration in each other.National Grandparents’ Day
  4. 4. National Grandparents Day started in the USA in 1978 and has been running in the UK since1990. It is an annual celebration that honors grandparents and other older people, and seeksto strengthen relationships between the generations.Friends of the Elderly has promoted Grandparents Day in Ireland for the past five years.They say they do not wish to “own” the Day and are very happy for other organisations toeither do their “own thing” around the day or do something jointly with their charity.When is Grandparents Day?Grandparents Day is celebrated each year in Ireland on the third Sunday of September – thisyear it will be on the 24th.Why Should ARI get Involved? European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations xxxxxxWhat is the Purpose of Grandparents Day?According to the National Grandparents Day Council, Grandparents Day has a threefoldpurpose: To honor grandparents To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children. To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer. Help to combat isolation and lonlinessWhat is the National Grandparents Day Council?The National Grandparents Day Council is a nonprofit group, organized by the descendents ofMarian McQuade, the founder of National Grandparents Day, to honor grandparents, promoteintergenerational appreciation and activities, and encourage people to visit seniors who arein nursing homes.The National Grandparents Day Council recruits representatives from every state, andsponsors contests (photo, essay, poetry, web design, songwriting and art) that help childrenhonor their grandparents.What Inspired Grandparents Day?When Marian McQuade was a child, she often visited her grandmother, Maude McClungDickerson, on her 130-acre farm in West Virginia."After working all day on the farm, Grandma would walk off to visit elderly people of thecommunity," McQuade recalled in a 1995 interview with the magazine Wonderful WestVirginia. "Often I would tag along. I never forgot talking with those delightful people. Thatswhere my love and respect for oldsters started."McQuade’s lifelong advocacy for seniors not only led to the creation of National GrandparentsDay, it also put her on a path to national prominence as a leader on senior issues and gaveher the opportunity to present her views to three U.S. presidents (Eisenhower, Nixon andCarter).The Current State of Grandparents DayGrandparents Day began as the idea of one woman, who inspired other dedicated people tofollow her lead and join her campaign to establish a special day for grandparents. Today,Grandparents Day is celebrated by millions of people throughout the United States, who takethe opportunity to honor their parents and grandparents, to visit other older friends andrelatives, and to recognize the wisdom, strength and lasting contributions of seniorseverywhere.FeaturesProfile famous people raised by their grandparent/s in Sunday newspapers
  5. 5. Research findingsOf our 23,000 members on the amount of time spent helping families and communities (suchas childminding/volunteering etc).MerchandisingHappy Grandparents’ Day CardsNovelty Items
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