President Ronald Reagan Claimed Senior Citizen Day
President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. He wrote, “Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.” Based on the traditional definition, a senior citizen is anyone older than 60 years of age. Today, adults above the age of 55 represent 65% of this population. However, some groups, or organizations consider a person to be a senior when they turn age 55; others use the age of 62 and others consider 65 to be called a senior citizen.
What is Senior Citizen Day?
August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day which honors our elderly. Citizens are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family, and society. President Reagan, in his proclamation, also said, “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 be demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”
What can you do on National Senior Citizens Day? You can focus on spending time with a senior you know or with a total stranger. You can consider spending some time with one or more seniors. Above all, you should show your appreciation toward senior citizens. You might also consider volunteering work in support of this group such as visiting a senior facility for the elderly.
Above all, you might put time in your schedule to spend some time, each week, with senior citizens.