Today is World Senior Citizen’s Day.
Officially founded by US President Ronald Reagan in 1988, it is a day to appreciate our senior citizens and recognise their personal sacrifices and contributions to their families and to society at large.
“For all that, they have achieved throughout their lives and for all that they continue to do, we owe our gratitude and sincere greetings to our senior citizens. We can show our gratitude and appreciation better by making sure our communities are good places. Age and maturity, places where older people can participate as much as possible and find the encouragement, acceptance, support and services they need to continue living a life of independence and dignity.” – Ronald Reagan, 1988
It is also a time when the problems and challenges faced by seniors are brought to the forefront. The aging process and health are the most obvious, and there are others too. Finances, housing, family time, companionship, social interaction. In places like India, mobility is a big issue – most of our public infrastructure does not seem to consider them worthy of moving around or travelling.
Well, this is not a serious post, but one that looks at the lighter side of being a senior.
Happy Senior Citizen’s Day to all our seniors. Coming to think of it, in a few years we’ll be joining the club too!