You’re darn tootin’ seniors get their own day! This month on the 21st is National Senior Citizens Day and if you’re 70+, you surely deserve some special recognition. Older adults are irreplaceable to both their families and society because we have so much to learn from them. Their years of experience translate to seasoned wisdom that we can all stop and really take in. At UMC at The Shores, a leading senior living community in South Jersey, we celebrate our residents every day, not just on this special day. If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate, here are a few activities our assisted living team in Cape May County put together to try to make this day extra special for everyone.
#1 – Lunch on the boardwalk
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather with a walk along the boardwalk and a delicious lunch! Many restaurants also offer senior citizen discounts and specials to take advantage of, and there’s so many options to choose from! Whether you like a tangy BBQ, authentic pasta, a classic burger, and shake, or fresh seafood, you’ll be sure to find a spot with great food and an even better view.
#2 – Birding by boat
Our coast is blessed with a bounty of salt marsh wildlife and birds, and the best way to see them is by boat. Take a guided tour and get to know the secretive birdlife and marine life of this ecosystem. Your experienced captain and naturalist on board will be able to teach you all about them.
#3 – Sunset safari
If you’re more of a night owl, then a sunset boat safari is probably more up your alley! You may have seen your bird and marine life by day, but at night it’s a different story. Cruise through the salt marsh behind Cape May and Wildwood as the sun sets, and let experienced naturalists help you spot fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat.
#4 – Whale and dolphin watching
Board the Cape May Whale Watcher with your family and friends for a 3-hour tour of Delaware Bay and the estuary. Get your binoculars and camera ready to spot porpoises, dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales, bald eagles, gannets, and more! It’s a guided tour where you’ll also learn a bit about the seafaring history of the area and the native marine life.
#5 – Lighthouse tour
Not just romantic icons of the past, lighthouses have played an essential role in seafaring safety and history for hundreds of years. New Jersey’s lighthouses are famous for their part in protecting ships and ports through wars and peacetime as they sailed the treacherous Delaware Bay. Now you can see them from the ocean through an interesting historic tour. The best part: lunch and snacks are included too!
#6 – Golf and mini golf
Get out on the green and enjoy a day of golf in the mild weather while it lasts! Whether you’re an avid golfer or simply enjoy putting with the grandkids, Ocean City has the course for you. The Ocean City Golf Course is a 12-hole, 37-par course designed by Leo Frazier and is family-friendly. If this course isn’t your speed, there are several other mini-golf courses you can choose from if you prefer more light-hearted fun.
Celebrate life at our assisted living community in Cape May County
The Shores is an assisted living community in South Jersey that makes a difference! Not only are we located just a stone’s throw away from the golf course, marina, boardwalk shops, and beautiful beaches, but we also have a very different approach to senior living. Our aim is to support seniors to live abundant, full life. That means independent senior living, a lively social and events calendar, and plenty of amenities to use and explore in Cape May County.
You can find out more about our assisted living community and how we celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day every day by calling us or visiting our website at: https://umcommunities.org/theshores
This blog was originally published at https://umcommunities.org/theshores/blog/national-senior-citizens-day/