A photo of a young man hugging a senior woman

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day.  In his Presidential Proclamation, he 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 — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”

Here are some great ways to celebrate the seniors in your life:

  1. Spend Time With Your Senior Loved Ones – The best thing you an do to thank and salute the seniors in your life is to spend some time with them.  Take them out to lunch or just stop by for coffee and conversation at their home.
  2. Get a History Lesson – Take some time to interview your senior family members and let them tell you about their parents and grandparents and what it was like when they were growing up.  Record the interview so you’ll never forget the anecdotes they share with you.
  3. Make a Phone Call – If visiting isn’t feasible, simply picking up the phone to say “hello” is a great way to let your senior friends and family know you are thinking of them.
  4. Visit a Senior Center or Nursing Home – If you don’t have any special seniors in your life, take time to visit a senior center or a nursing home.  Volunteer your talents to teach a class or help with projects. Sit and read to a senior or make time to chat – it can mean the world to those who don’t get many visitors.
  5. Say “Thank You” – National Senior Citizens Day was created to give older adults the thanks and gratitude they deserve so show some appreciation for all that your older friends and family members have done for you and others throughout their lives.

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