By Brenda Lecco, Care Manager, One Senior Place

The first Sunday in September, after Labor Day, is Grandparents’ Day.  In 1973, Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia, lobbied for a national holiday celebrating the contributions grandparents make in the lives of their grandchildren.  She gained the recognition of West Virginia senator Jennings Randolph and with the help of Congress, finally was able to present a resolution requesting a national holiday in 1977. Grandparents’ Day was signed into proclamation in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.

In 2004, Grandparents’ Day acquired its own official song.  “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” was written by Johnny Prill and became the official song of Grandparents’ Day. You can listen to this beautiful song, here: Grandparents’ Day also has its own official flower- the Forget-Me-Not.

In addition to celebrating this wonderful day in the United States, several other countries recognize Grandparents’ Day as well.  Australia, France, Canada, Italy, Poland, and the U.K all have a day reserved for honoring grandparents.

As a senior, take advantage of this special day by spending time with your grandchildren. You can find more information about Grandparents’ Day at, along with some fun activities to do with your grandkids!

The Orlando location of One Senior Place is celebrating Grandparents’ Day with a FREE Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 7th from 1-3pm.  Please call 407-949-6733 to R.S.V.P.  Living Options Affiliates will also be featuring information about senior living and senior care management, as well as giving away free stuff! We look forward to seeing you at our Grandparents’ Day Ice Cream Social!

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