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World Senior Citizens Day: 21 August

Published on August 23, 2018
A reminder for us to take care of our elderly! The World Senior Citizens Day is celebrated every year on 21 August across the world to raise awareness of the condition of elder people and support them through the process of senescence.
World Senior Citizens Day: 21 August

Importance of the day:

  • This day is observed to raise awareness about factors and issues affecting older people, such as deterioration with age and examine issues that affect their lives such as abuse of elderly people.
  • It is also recognizes and appreciates the contributions that older people make to the society.
  • It calls for welfare of elder persons to enroll and appreciate their achievements and involvement in the society to get promoted from their ability and knowledge.

History of this day:

  • The day was officially established by former President of United States Ronald Reagan after he had signed Proclamation on August 19, 1988, declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day in US.
  • Other countries later adopted the day to pay respect to the elderly community.
  • Later, United Nations General Assembly on 14th of December 1990 proclaimed to observe 21 August as World Senior Citizens Day.


Q. What is celebrated every year on 21 August across the world?
a. World Elderly Healthcare Day
b. World Senior Citizens Day
c. World Retired Citizens Day
d. None of the above

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