Summer is a patriotic season, highlighted by the mother of all summer
holidays: the 4th of July. With the longer days and crystal clear
weather, it’s the perfect time to fly our American flags and celebrate
all that we love about the United States.
While we may believe
that our love for our country is something that should be shared, the
demands of a busy lifestyle often cause non-seniors to only put their
flags out on weekends or for special occasions. Seniors, on the other
hand, generally have the time to observe the rules for proper flag
display. And, of course, to display a strong sense of patriotism.
some not-so-good citizens have caught on to this, which means that
seniors who live alone and fly their flags daily can become easy targets
for thieves and vandals. In addition to being a symbol of what makes
our country great, an American flag can also signal: a senior lives
I would never advise a senior not to fly their flag. They’ve
more than earned the right to be loud and proud. What I would suggest
is taking a few precautions to ensure that Old Glory is not flagging
• Help your senior loved one network with other
patriotic seniors. If they’re in a VA, perhaps they can start a phone
tree with the other members. If you notice that other seniors in the
neighborhood frequently fly their flags, encourage the members of both
households to look out for each other.
• Most seniors take their
flags down before dark because that’s proper flag protocol. For an extra
safety measure, ask your senior loved one to only fly their flag when
they know that other people in the neighborhood are coming and going.
So, if they live in a neighborhood where a lot of people work during the
day, perhaps they could limit their flag flying to mornings and late
• Make sure the property is well-maintained so that it appears that someone in good physical health lives there.
• Avoid other tip offs that it is a senior home such as excessive lawn ornaments or the senior’s name on the mailbox.
always, frequent check-ins by you, other friends and family members or a
trained CAREGiver not only lift spirits, they help ensure safety.
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