It’s National Senior Citizens Day! Today we celebrate the
people who are part of the fastest-growing demographic in the world.
According to the traditional definition, a senior citizen is anyone
older than 60 years of age, but this seems laughable in today’s society.
When it comes to new technologies, adults above the age of 55 represent
65% of all “early adopters.” This demographic is also the most
politically engaged segment of the population. Almost 80% of all senior
citizens vote in a presidential election, while the overall voter
turnout is usually around just 50%.
President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Senior Citizens
Day in 1988. In his explanation he wrote that, “Older citizens are
reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our
patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.” Now
there’s something worth celebrating!
In honor of National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with your
favorite relatives or make a commitment to volunteer at a retirement
home sometime in the next year. If you are a senior citizen yourself,
check for special promotions and giveaways at your favorite restaurants
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