The World Senior Citizen’s Day is celebrated on 21 August each year.
The celebration took place for the first time in 1991.The day is intended to increase awareness of the factors and issues that affect older adults, such as health deterioration and elder abuse. It is also a day to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of older people to society.
Theme of World Senior Citizens Day, 2022
Celebration of World Senior Citizens Day has its own theme every year .The theme is different in the observance of the day each year. The World Senior Citizens Day on 21 august 2022 is kept with the theme of “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s theme is all about expanding and enabling the contributions of older persons in their communities, families and societies. It emphasize on the support of people in effective, efficient and fuller participation in old age, in accordance with strengthening and promoting the participation of older people in the aspects of cultural, social, civic, economic and political life keeping in mind the basic rights, needs and preferences of old people.
History of World Senior Citizens Day
The history of International Senior Citizens Day comes from the period of 1988. It was officially established by the former president of United States of America i.e. Ronald Reagan. He had signed the 5847 promulgation on August 19, 1988, which manifested August 21 as the National Senior Citizens Day. Ronald Reagan was the first to promulgate the first National Senior Citizens Day. The promulgation mentioned as quoted below.
“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”.
Why world senior citizens day is celebrated?
The main aim of observing the World Senior Citizens Day is to raise awareness of the condition of elder people and support them through the process of senescence. The day is also acknowledged for the welfare of elder persons to enroll and appreciate their achievements and involvement in the society to get promoted from their ability and knowledge.
The reason for celebrating this day is to thank and acknowledge elders for all that they have done for their children. They sacrifice their entire life in nurturing their relationships. Such a selfless service rendered throughout their life for their family deserves some importance. That is the reason why World Senior Citizen Day is celebrated. Dedicating a particular day of the year for the elders provides their families an opportunity to acknowledge their love and efforts. The World Senior Citizens Day is an important time to remind the government about its pledges to work towards developing Goals towards helping the elder people and among other things, to end hunger and poverty for older persons and people of all ages.