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On August 19th, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day. This deemed that August 21st of each year would be the national day to give older U.S. citizens thanks and a heartfelt salute. 

Reagan believed in honoring our seniors. Thus, he ensured that our country understood the importance of our experienced people, the senior citizens.



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Special considerations this year for 

National Senior Citizens Day Activities and Events. 

With the current Covid19 Pandemic, our senior citizens stay at home most of the time. This helps ensure their safety. However, it makes it even more essential that we consider them each day, including the nationally proclaimed day.

Since a luncheon out at a favorite restaurant might not be possible, consider taking lunch in. You might even plan some special memorable activity, movie time, or perhaps just a chat time.

Many of our seniors also miss time with friends. Consider setting up a video chat for them and include their friends or family. While many elderly lack the knowledge or equipment to set up a video chat, they certainly appreciate the ability to see and hear from loved ones.

With a little planning, you can make it happen!

 Date When Celebrated: Each year on August 21

National Senior Citizens Day honors our seniors, our elderly population. On this day, we recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family, and society.

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan 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 best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

On National Senior Citizens Day, consider these activities.

Spend some time with senior citizens

You may have a parent or grandparent who is a senior. Or, perhaps you know the elderly in your community, church, or another group. Often, our elderly feel lonely. While they appreciate gifts, the gift they want most is time. 

Consider taking an elderly loved one out for a special lunch. Or maybe they prefer another outing. 

However, if they are unable to venture from their home, consider taking the luncheon to them. Bring along a favorite game, too. Plan to spend the afternoon with them. 

For pet lovers, include their special pet in the plans. If they don’t have one, bring along a well-behaved pet to share the time. 

But, I encourage you to think of this day as a beginning, rather than a single-day event. Perhaps you schedule a weekly date with your senior loved one. Often cut off from normal social circles, the elderly grow accustomed to looking forward to doctor appointments to break the daily routine. Imagine if you provide that break with a special pre-planned or impromptu get-together on a frequent basis.

When you consider the amount of time the seniors of today usually dedicated to others when they were younger, it’s apparent that we should give our time to them. 

And, while it won’t cost money, it pays immensely in their thankfulness!

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Show our appreciation for senior citizens

As mentioned, our elderly need us to spend time with them. Listen to their stories and memories. Ask for their guidance when appropriate. Let them know how very important they still are to us and to the world.

In this way, we show our appreciation for them. They know they are important to us. They feel it. When we freely offer our time to them, it provides an active display of our appreciation for them.

And you might bring little gifts on your visits. Maybe a new houseplant. Or perhaps a special treat you baked just for them?

Do volunteer work to support the elderly

Volunteering may work in different ways. You might offer to help an elderly friend keep their yard mowed and maintained. 

Our church youth have done this. And the elderly recipients were so incredibly happy to have a nicely manicured lawn. But we went beyond. We’d also bring a treat of cookies or special food for the seniors to enjoy while watching the youth weed flower beds and mow the lawn. On these ventures, I’m not sure who is more blessed, the seniors smiling thankfully as the youth complete the job, or the youth, as they reach out to help and work together doing so.

You might choose to help a larger portion of the community. Perhaps you volunteer at a senior center. Or maybe you deliver meals to those in need. And volunteers are always needed to visit those in senior communities and nursing homes.

Again, I suggest you think beyond August 21st for any of these volunteer ideas. Our seniors don’t need us for just a day. No, they truly need to be remembered and appreciated each day of the year. And while you may not be available to volunteer every day, if each person donated a few of their hours each week, imagine the impact it might have.

We have more ideas here!

But, If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. 

After all, this is your day! Many businesses, including restaurants, off senior citizen specials and discounts. There are bound to be plenty of offers on August 21. Be sure to take advantage of those you can.

And consider reaching out to other senior citizens, too. Maybe plan an outing with some friends. 

With the Covid19 problems we currently live with, an outing might not be possible. However, consider setting up a video chat (need help? Ask a family member or friend to set up the equipment and organize the chat for you).

The Origin of National Senior Citizens Day:  

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5847 creating National Senior Citizens Day to be August 21.

However, many other  “Senior Citizen Days” exist on various dates around the world. Many countries, local communities, and organizations have declared or held senior citizen days.

See the Congressional Proclamation of National Senior Citizens Day.

More About Today:

We found these interesting facts about August 21st in History. You might share them with your elderly friends. See which ones they remember! 

Also, the flower of August 21st is the Moss Rose. Consider bringing or sending one to your beloved senior citizen.



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