In a year, we celebrate thousands of important histories that mark each day. We can all agree on how important it is that some are considered holidays to honor and memorialize the events. With all those celebrations, I hope that we remember the day today, August 21.
President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day, a day to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our older adults. This year, the theme for National Senior Citizens Day is “Aging with Attitude.” This theme encourages us to celebrate the positive aspects of aging and to challenge negative stereotypes about older adults.
Here are some ideas to celebrate National Seniors Citizens Day:
- Avail a service for your aging parents or relatives to extend your love and make them at ease in the comfort of their homes.
- Visit a senior center or nursing home and spend time with the residents.
- Volunteer your time to an organization that helps seniors.
- Donate to a charity that supports seniors.
- Write a letter or card to a senior you know and appreciate.
- Take the time to thank a senior for their contributions to your life or society.
No matter how you celebrate, National Senior Citizens Day is a day to show our appreciation for our older adults’ wisdom, experience, and contributions.
Here are some facts about senior citizens in the United States:
- There are over 50 million senior citizens in the United States.
- The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.6 years.
- Senior citizens are expected to grow to over 88 million by 2050.
- Most likely, senior citizens are expected to be retired, widowed, and living alone.
- However, many senior citizens are still active and engaged in their communities.
Senior citizens made a significant contribution to our society. They have raised families, served in the military, built businesses, and made significant advances in medicine, science, and the arts. They continue to be a valuable asset to our communities.
On National Senior Citizens Day, let us take the time to appreciate the contributions of our older adults. Let’s show them our love and support and create a society where they can live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Thank you to our senior citizens for their hard work, dedication, and wisdom. We appreciate you!