President Reagan declared August 21, 1988, to be the first National Senior Citizens Day. Since then, it has been celebrated on August 21 every year. This day was designated by the former president to honor the many senior citizens in the United States that have made contributions to society throughout their lives.
With improved health care, older citizens are continuing to contribute to society and to make a difference in American society for much longer than in previous decades. President Raegan stated, Day “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 4.5 million seniors are making a difference by sharing their time, knowledge, and experience with the community in various volunteering activities and projects in all sectors of society.
The impact seniors have on society is only expected to rise as the percentage of seniors in America is expected to grow in the next few decades. The number of seniors is expected to surpass the number of individuals below the age of 18 by 2035 and their impact in society is expected to see a commensurate rise.
Do you have a senior citizen in your life who has made an impact in your life? Take the opportunity on August 21 to let them know you care and show them your appreciation by spending some time with them.
To learn about available volunteer programs and projects for seniors, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.