August 21 is since 1988 annually observed as National Senior Citizens Day. The holiday is a great opportunity to show respect, appreciation and support to all elderly.
National Senior Citizens Day was created to give back to the seniors that have impacted our lives and those who have already given so much. Changing demographics due to improved healthcare have enabled our older citizens to contribute more years of productivity than ever before. This has allowed many to seek second careers and serve as role models for the younger generations. For all that they have done, we owe our seniors our thanks and gratitude.
Back in 1988 former President Ronald Reagan was honoring seniors when he signed Proclamation 5847.
“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land,” Reagan proclaimed. “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”
Senior citizens are Variably defined as an elderly or retired person, this term generally refers to someone who is at least 60 or 65 years of age. Some people consider “senior citizen” to be a patronizing term. Elderly typically means being in an advanced stage of life, well beyond middle age, is the basic elderly definition.
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