National Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens Day is August 21st!

National Senior Citizens Day is August 21st. First declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, it is an observance to honor the senior citizens in the United States. He wanted to make an official day to recognize older citizens who have made positive contributions to society. In his explanation he wrote, “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.” (Some people also celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14th, as that was the day that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935 – August 21st is the official date.) It is also a day to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

In honor of National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with your favorite relatives! Let them know they are loved and appreciated. Visit and spend time with a senior who maybe doesn’t get a lot of visitors. If you are a senior citizen yourself, check for special promotions at your favorite restaurants and stores.

Thank you to our senior citizens for all you have done for our society!