March 1 marks the start of Women’s History Month, and there are plenty of ways for senior women to celebrate and explore the stories behind the well-known trailblazers, fighters, and those who persisted.
The Brookhouse Home is an historic home for aged women located in a 19th century stately home on the Salem waterfront. It has been a home for senior women for 160 years so we do enjoy and appreciate our place in Salem’s history and we honor all the women who have lived here but also those who have been involved in preserving and supporting our unique home for many decades.
A recent article by Era Living cites ways to enhance or engage in some interesting activities as a way to celebrate women’s accomplishments and to support not only today’s senior women but women of all ages.
Start a “women in history” discussion group
Gather a group either in person or virtually to talk about strong women in history, or in your community. Talk about the obstacles they faced and overcame, and the legacy they leave. Each member of your group might choose a woman based on their favorite education or industry field, time period, activism, or social service area (like the Red Cross, started by Clara Barton). Books, documentaries, and reputable internet sources can provide great information and education for these discussions.
Host a book club focusing on women authors
If you’re in or among a group of active readers, the Era Living article suggests focusing on women writers and topics in the genre of choice for March. To add more diversity and expand the options, you could suggest that the group take on at least two books to talk about, with people reading each book. The Brookhouse Home does have an active book club and will certainly consider this idea of focusing on women writers.
Research the women in your family or residence
This could be a great activity to do with a daughter or granddaughter but it also might be inspiring to share with other residents. Draw inspiration from the women ancestors in your family, through memories, photos, letters, and factual documents. And this doesn’t have to be limited to those who came before: it’s also a great time to recognize relatives who are blazing their own brave paths, the article notes. You might be surprised by the interesting facts that come out!
Donate resources to benefit women
Whether locally or internationally, there are plenty of woman-focused organizations that need support including the Brookhouse Home. To make your donation as meaningful as possible, it’s good to think carefully about what’s really important to you and how you want to see women thrive. You may want to support a local women’s shelter or an activity-based nonprofit like Girl’s Inc. If you want to see women’s education continue to grow, you may consider starting a scholarship or donating to a reputable STEM organization. And keep in mind that contributing your skills and support by mentoring or tutoring (whether in person or virtually) can have just as much impact as money.
Celebrate your own history
Take some time to write down or go through the most important parts of your past. Think about accomplishments you’re proud of your most meaningful life events, strong relationships, periods of struggle and growth, or the most fun you’ve ever had. It’s commonly seen in a society that women don’t celebrate their own lives—but it’s never too late to start. We love learning about the lives of our residents and there is always something new one discovers when talking to great women!