National Senior Citizens Day

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Set those walking sticks and dentures aside, because we're celebrating National Senior Citizens Day! A day full of love, respect, and maybe just a few extra beans on your plate at the cafeteria. Because who says you can't have fun after you get your AARP card?

When is Senior Citizens Day?

It's national senior citizens day on the 21st August.

A Glimpse Back in Time

National Senior Citizens Day isn't just a spur-of-the-moment holiday to make sure that Grandma got her annual card. Believe it or not, this heartwarming celebration originated with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan on August 19, 1988. He declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day, a day dedicated to honoring our elders and expressing gratitude for their incredible contributions to our society.

Who's the Story Star?

Well, our online data suggests that the most mentions of National Senior Citizens Day were on August 21, 2018, with a whopping 6244 mentions! The internet was buzzing with heartwarming stories of love, resilience, and memories. Facebook was flooded with 'back in my day' stories, and Twitter was humming with anecdotes about grandparents teleporting (otherwise known as moving quietly and appearing suddenly)!

Why We Celebrate

We celebrate National Senior Citizens Day not just for the discount at the buffet, but to honor and appreciate the seniors in our lives. They are a treasure trove of stories, wisdom, and famous casserole recipes. This day serves as a gentle reminder to reach out to the senior citizens in our lives, let them know they’re admired, and actually laugh at Grampa's 'pull my finger' joke...for once!

How to Celebrate

You can celebrate in a myriad of ways! Send a thoughtful card, prepare a home-cooked meal (ask for that secret apple pie recipe!), or even reminisce about the old times over a photo album. Take your cherished senior out for a movie, or better yet, stay in and watch their favorite black and white classic. Just remember, it's all about bringing a smile to their faces and letting them know they're loved!

History behind the term 'Senior Citizens'


The Emergence of the Term

In the early 1930s, the term 'senior citizens' started to gain popularity as a way to refer to older individuals who had reached the age of retirement. The term was coined to highlight the wisdom, experience, and contributions of older people to society. It was a respectful and inclusive term that aimed to recognize the value of older individuals in their communities.


Social Security Act

In 1935, the Social Security Act was passed in the United States, which marked a significant milestone in the history of senior citizens. The Act established a social insurance program to provide economic support for retirees, unemployed individuals, and those with disabilities. It aimed to ensure that senior citizens could live their later years with financial stability and independence.


Medicare and Medicaid

In 1965, the United States government introduced Medicare and Medicaid as part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965. Medicare provided health insurance to senior citizens aged 65 and older, while Medicaid offered assistance to low-income individuals and families. These programs played a crucial role in improving the healthcare access and quality of life for senior citizens in the United States.


International Year of Disabled Persons

In 1981, the United Nations declared it as the International Year of Disabled Persons, emphasizing the rights, well-being, and inclusion of people with disabilities, many of whom are senior citizens. This global recognition marked a shift towards a more inclusive and accessible society that valued the diverse abilities and experiences of senior citizens living with disabilities.


Americans with Disabilities Act

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in the United States, further strengthening the rights and protections of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibited discrimination based on disabilities, ensuring equal access to employment, public services, transportation, and more. This landmark legislation had a significant impact on improving the lives of senior citizens with disabilities.

Did you know?

Did you know that the United States isn't the only country that celebrates Senior Citizens? Japan holds an annual national holiday called 'Respect for the Aged Day' where they honor their elders with special performances and celebrations!


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First identified

17th August 2015

Most mentioned on

21st August 2018

Total mentions


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