Senior Citizen’s Day today

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

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Feelings at 94

There is still no cure for the common birthday. – John Glenn (astronaut, who is almost as old as my G’ma!)

How must it feel to wake up on your 94th birthday, knowing fully well that it is your birthday? Well, that’s how my G’ma must feel this morning. With 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, a birthday such as this will not be missed. From Nemmara to Bangalore, the journey must be full of memories – some pleasant, some not so pleasant, of hardships and comforts, of doctors and medicines, of family and friends, of neighbours and neighbourhoods. 94 years. But as is said, “There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you.” – Carol Grace Continue reading