Will You Spend Time with a Loved One on National Senior Citizen Day?

Celebrating this day with an elderly loved one is a great way to show how much you care.


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When National Senior Citizen Day rolls around, there are plenty of elderly individuals you can observe it with, and invite to take part in the day’s celebration.

When is National Senior Citizen Day

National Senior Citizen Day is August 21st, and former president Ronald Reagan is typically credited for the day being declared a national holiday, in 1988.

In truth, the day actually has deeper roots, that go back all the way back to president Franklin Roosevelt, when he signed the Social Security Act in 1935.

Date of origin aside, there’s no disputing the reason why the National Senior Citizen Day of observance was established. The purpose was to honor elderly U.S. citizens who made positive contributions in their various communities.

The day is generally a work day, so don’t expect your place of business to be closed, or you to be off work. Most U.S. businesses operate during their regular business hours on this special day.

What is National Senior Citizen Day?

National Senior Citizen Day is not to be confused with the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated every October 1st.

The spirit of both days is no doubt the same; to show appreciation and uplift senior citizens — adults over 60 — for all they’ve done and continue to do.

In 1988, when former president Reagan declared the day a national holiday, he signed a proclamation into law about the purpose.

A primary focus that was stated, was to bring awareness to various issues and age related factors that affect the elderly.

Specific issues cited at the time, included problems older adults were having with topics like health deterioration and elder abuse.

According to the words in former Reagan’s proclamation, the day was to celebrate those we now refer to as senior citizens:

“For all that, they have…



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