Senior Citizens Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21

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Wally Pearce

Winters Elder Day Council

Do you have an older person in your life, a family member or friend, that you love and appreciate?

On Wednesday, Aug. 21,  join with us as we celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, the annual day set aside to let them know how much we care about them. Although Senior Citizen Day is that one day each year where we officially honor our older adults, every-day we should take time to rejoice the people who are part of the fastest-growing demographic in the world.

According to the traditional definition, a senior citizen is anyone older than 60 years of age, but this seems young today. National Senior Citizens Day is the day to show them our appreciation and support and recognize their accomplishments. It’s also a time to help raise awareness of various issues that affect senior citizens.

In 1988 Ronald Reagan declared the holiday, but prior to this many observed August 14 as Senior Citizens Day as it was the day in 1935 when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

Today, senior citizens are still very active in our community and workforce. Older adults contribute heavily to our society and for what they have accomplished and continue to achieve, they deserve our sincere gratitude.

This year, in honor of National Senior Citizens Day, please spend time with your favorite relatives and friends, make a commitment to volunteer in a service area that benefits older adults sometime in the next year.

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