World Senior Citizen Day 2021: History, Date, Significance

World Senior Citizen Day

World Senior Citizen Day

We celebrate World Senior Citizens' Day each August 21 to honour the contributions of the elderly in our communities. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about issues such as elder abuse and ageing that impact the elderly.Every problem affecting older citizens is discussed on this important day, their experiences are shared, and solutions are offered. The event also allows the youth to thank them for their contributions, successes, and commitment to family and country.

History
This year marks the 32nd year of World Senior Citizen Day. Former US President Ronald Reagan proposed the day for the first time in 1988. He declared the inaugural National Senior Citizens Day on August 21 of that year. The United Nations General Assembly declared it a universal holiday two years later.“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,” Reagan had said.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “For our society to be truly inclusive, we should celebrate old age and their wisdom. On World Senior Citizens Day, let's honour each and every citizen around us and ensure that our elders get all the love, affection, and empathy.”

Significance
This day serves as a reminder to governments of their pledges to senior persons and the actions that should be performed to support them. It is the responsibility of every government to ensure that citizens have access to all public benefits without difficulty. The day also emphasizes the need of ensuring that senior folks are not subjected to any form of abuse or hardship.Integrated Programme for Older Persons, Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana, and Vayoshreshtha Samman are some of the initiatives available to older adults in India.

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