Senior Citizens Day In The Spotlight This Week On August 14 & 21st
Senior Citizens Day is officially observed today on August 14th and and commemorated next week on August 21st. The obvious question is- why the two dates?
The answer is that on August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. And in 1988, President Ronald Reagan followed up by declaring August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day.
Senior Citizens Day is a day for us to show that we value, honor, and respect the many contributions seniors have made to their families, communities, and this country through the years. They still contribute to our society and for what they have achieved and continue to achieve, they deserve our thanks. We are all the better for it.
In addition, on this day, we highlight the social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.
President Reagan in his 1988 proclamation wrote that, “Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.” And so we have a designated day to show our respects.
Indeed, a nation that honors its Seniors, is a Nation that will endure.
Seniors are part of the fastest-growing demographic in the world. A senior citizen is anyone older than 60 years of age. This demographic is also very politically engaged segment of the population. Indeed, almost 80% of all senior citizens vote in a presidential election, while the overall voter turnout is usually around just 50%.
Senior Citizens Day: Activities
Spend time with your senior loved ones on this day; at the very least give them a call, they’ll appreciate it. Tell them how much you love and appreciate them.
Also, one of the kindest and most rewarding things you can do is make a visit to a nursing home. Sit and chat with residents. Play games and participate in activities. You can really make a difference in someone’s day, week, or even his or her life, and trust us, you will find the experience fun and rewarding too. Who knows, you may even forge new friendships.
At our Grand Health Care facilities, Senior Citizens Day is a special fun day of activities and appreciation.
Be a part of it. Call Us (718.215.6000) to schedule a tour of our facilities.