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Today is World Senior Citizens Day

  • Published at 12:34 am August 21st, 2018
Senior Citizen
File Photo: A senior citizen Collected

The day is marked to raise awareness about issues affecting older people

World Senior Citizen Day, 2018 will be observed worldwide today.

The day is marked to raise awareness about issues affecting older people, such as deterioration with age and the abuse of the elderly.

This day is also celebrated to support, honor and show appreciation to seniors and to recognize their achievements.

The day was announced after a Proclamation signed by US President Ronald Reagan on August 19, 1988, declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day in USA. Other countries later adopted the day to pay respect to the elderly community.    

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, 27-year-old Khan Mohammad Salehin said: “We have been celebrating this day for the past two years by cutting a cake in the memory of all our elderly relatives.”

His father, 68-year-old Md Humayun Khan reminisced about his relationship with his grandparents, and how they had instilled a sense of moral duty in him as a child.

“I think this culture of taking advice from and maintaining close relationships with the elderly members of one's family is slowly disappearing in our country as technology and social media are replacing the need to foster actual human relationships with one another,” he added.

Regarding the government's initiatives to make the country more senior citizen friendly, another senior citizen 62-year-old Nur Alam said that the government had already done enough to help out elderly with pension schemes and health care facilities.

“Now it is time for our children to help us live better lives,” he added.

Dedicating a particular day of the year for the elderly provides their families with an opportunity to acknowledge their love and effort.

Additionally, many think that World Senior Citizens Day is an important time to remind the government about any pledges and policies that work towards developing goals (such as ending hunger and poverty for this age group) that will help the elderly.  

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