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Growing Old is Beautiful: World Senior Citizen's Day 2019, History, Significance

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.”~ George Burns

Growing old is a beautiful feeling, but you need to see life from a different perspective to realize it. Today is ‘World Senior Citizen's Day’, a day dedicated to the senior citizen of our country.  The World Senior Citizen's Day is celebrated on August 21 every year internationally. The day is dedicated to increasing awareness about the issues that affect older adults. From age deterioration to elder abuse, the day creates heightened awareness on these themes.

Growing old is gold. It’s a natural process and the universal truth of life. But certain issues affect the older adults including mental abuse to health problems. Various programs are held throughout the world where elders' life studies, personal experiences are shared and solutions are offered to fight the factors that affect their well-being. The World Senior Citizen's Day also recognizes and acknowledges the contributions of older people to society. June 15 is marked as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Let’s know about the history and significance of this specific day-

The history of the World Senior Citizen's Day dates back to 1988. Ronald Reagan, former president of the United States officially founded World Senior Citizen's Day - a day dedicated to older adults and their issues.

According to the United Nations, by 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 percent of the world's population, will be 60 or older with Asia having the largest number of older persons.

The World Senior Citizens' Day is a reminder for the government of its commitment to work for the welfare and security of older persons, to help them to end hunger and poverty for the elderly and people of all ages.

It's a day to remember and celebrate the older persons and thank them for their contributions. It only adds to their inclusiveness in the society and growth

It’s a day to celebrate the natural rule of growing old. Every person in this world is born to be growing old with time. It’s a day to realize that growing old is beautiful and wise.

Celebrate this day with your parents, grandmother, and grandfather and spread a smile on their face.

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