Adopt a Grandparent Day

Saturday is the fifth annual Adopt a Grandparent Day.

It’s a day founder Kathy Rogers set aside to visit and honor the elderly, specifically those in nursing homes.

Rogers says after her mother was put in a nursing home in 2013, she realized how many residents looked forward to her visits. She later found out that 60 percent of people in the nursing homes do not have any visitors at all which led her to organize volunteers and give back to the community.

What started out in 19 facilities across three counties has now expanded to 34 facilities across six counties.

Rogers says they’ll be giving out t-shirts to the seniors as well as donated gift bags filled with games and every day essentials. “It’s really an encouragement to them. You just have somebody come in and they take the time to listen to their story. They ask them what did you do in your life, maybe you’re an animal lover and they are too. Whatever those common ground you can find, it’s important to them. By listening to their story it’s like we’re acknowledging them. They’re real. They’re people. They matter and that makes a big difference.”

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