Several years ago, the U.S. Congress and President Ronald Reagan encouraged the public recognition of senior citizens, their wisdom, their leadership and their contributions by declaring August 21, 1988 to be the first National Senior Citizens Day.
A day to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens
National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the United States. It is annually observed on August 21.
Various events and activities are organized to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. For example, some people organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers, while some businesses give special discounts or deals to senior citizens.
For information, some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935.