World Senior Citizens Day [21th August]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 6, 2022, 7:28

We celebrate World Senior Citizens Day on 21 August every year. This day is dedicated to all senior citizens and aims to promote awareness about elder abuse and age deterioration. On this day, we also appreciate and acknowledge the contribution of senior citizens to the betterment of society.

Important facts about World Senior Citizens Day

Given below are some important facts about International Senior Citizens Day:

Date

21 August

Theme for 2021

“Pandemic: Do they change how we address age and ageing?

Other similar days that are celebrated

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day- 15 June.

Information About World Senior Citizens Day 2021

  1. An individual above the age of 60 is known as a senior citizen. The 2021 World Senior Citizen Day was the 32nd World Senior Citizen Day.
  2. The theme for World Senior Citizen Day 2021 was "Pandemic: Do they change how we address age and aging?"
  3. This theme was decided due to the ongoing pandemic, due to which many people had to live in their homes for a long time.
  4. Normal outdoor life came to a halt. Senior citizens who used to go out and spend some time of the day had to stay in their homes for the whole day. Also, it became difficult for them to earn and maintain the budget of their house.

History of World Senior Citizens Day

  • The famous US President, Franklin Roosevelt, signed the Social Security Act on 14 August 1935.
  • Then, the former US president Ronald Reagan officially accepted the world citizens day on 19 August 1988. After signing a proclamation, 21 August was recognized as the World Senior Citizens Day in the US.
  • After a few years, other countries also adopted the day to pay respect to the senior citizens.

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World Senior Citizens Day 2022 Celebration

In today's digital age, senior citizens might quickly become overwhelmed by all new technology available. Whether cell phones, social media, tablets, banking machines, or computers, we're surrounded by digital gadgets. Therefore senior citizens should learn how to make the most of these technological advancements.

There are many problems faced by senior citizens of India daily, like forgetting roads, delayed payments, and being unable to connect to any old relatives. Still, these things are possible from just our smartphones. Therefore, society's younger generation needs to help them cope and stay up to date with these advancements and lead a happy life.

Senior citizens may sometimes feel incompatible with this modern, Internet-dependent age, and this belief might make them feel inferior to others. You can sit with the seniors in your home and teach them to use the new technology. You can also visit an Adult Care Home and sit with the seniors to listen to their stories and experiences.

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Indian Government Schemes for Betterment of the Senior Citizens

  • Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Scheme
  • Varishta Mediclaim Policy
  • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
  • Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
  • National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE)
  • Varishta Pension Bima Yojana

International Senior Citizens Day is a reminder of all the social and economic issues that affect the old people around us. Various programs are organized by the concerned authorities to solve these issues and help the old aged people as soon as possible.

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FAQs on World Senior Citizens Day

Q.1. When do we celebrate World Senior Citizens Day?

We celebrate World Senior Citizens Day on 21 August.

Q.2. Name some government schemes that are regulated on World Senior Citizens Day.

Government schemes that are regulated on World Senior Citizens Day are -

  • Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Scheme
  • Varishta Mediclaim Policy
  • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
  • Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

Q.3. When was the 32nd World Senior Citizens Day?

The 2021 World Senior Citizen Day was the 32nd World Senior Citizen Day.

Q.4. What is the aim of World Senior Citizens Day?

World Senior Citizens Day is a reminder of all the social and economic issues that affect the old people around us.

Q.5. What was the theme of 2021 World Senior Citizens Day?

The theme for World Senior Citizen Day 2021 was "Pandemic: Do they change how we address age and aging?"