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National Senior Citizens Day

By Marinee Moore, Elder Abuse Outreach Specialist, and Evelyn Chang, Advancement Intern

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day, a chance for older people to be appreciated and recognized for their life achievements.


On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 which declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day!

In regards to National Senior Citizens Day, Ronald Reagan said: “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.”

“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.”

Ways to Honor National Senior Citizens Day

There are multiple things you can do to be helpful to the older adults in your life. Some people show appreciation through flowers or cards. You can also spend time with and older adult that is important to you and make memories with them. Volunteering at your local senior resource center and spending time with older adults doing things they enjoy is also a great way to honor this national holiday.

Want to learn more?

Family Service of the Piedmont provides additional resources and information related to elders. Email communityoutreach@fspcares.org.