Each of us in life has one or more elderly people whom we love and appreciate very much. The World Senior Citizens Day is observed every year on 21 August to show them how much we care for them and celebrate their achievements.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared this holiday to draw attention to the problems of the elderly and their standard of living.
Let us take a closer look at the history, meaning and celebration of World Senior Citizens Day 2022.
World Day of Senior Citizens: History
The day was established by the former President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, after signing the proclamation on August 19, 1988. On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 21 August as the World Day for Senior Citizens.
In his presidential message, Reagan said that elders have achieved much in their lives and that ordinary people should be grateful to them.
World Senior Citizens Day: History
As noted by the United Nations (UN), the elderly population is projected to reach over 1.5 billion people by 2050. This increase will be noticeable in East and Southeast Asia. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s senior people will live in less developed countries. Given the growth of the elderly population, it is important that a robust system is in place to support their overall well-being.
Many senior people report abuse from their children. Many others suffer from neglect. Many people consider their elderly parents a burden. Some leave them in nursing homes or cause damage to their property. Such crimes should be put to an end. World Senior Citizens Day is an important event that helps us identify and address these issues for social healing.
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