Celebrating Summer and Seniors
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21, 1988 the first National Senior Citizens Day, a day to recognize older folks for their wisdom and achievements. Historically, older folks across the world have been valued for their vast knowledge, life experiences and contributions to civilization. There are 54 million Americans ages 65 and older – almost 17% of the population, and the fastest growing segment of society.
Florida has the second-highest percentage of senior citizens (21%) in the United States and that number is projected to reach 25% in the next few years. Florida also has four of the top 10 cities with the highest senior population — Clearwater, Hialeah, Cape Coral and Miami.
This August 21, spend some time on one of Florida’s beautiful white sand beaches, perfect for die-hard beachgoers and outdoor lovers. (Be sure to wear your sunscreen and stay hydrated!) The water temperature is perfect, almost like a big bathtub. The lovely breeze off the ocean invites picnicking under a big umbrella with lots of watermelon, fresh peaches, and cold tea.
If water sports, sunbathing, beachcombing and hunting for seashells aren’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty for seniors to do indoors, too. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is showing LIZZIE: The Musical, Showstoppers, and TWILIGHT: Los Angeles 1992. The Manatee Performing Arts Center is showing Something Rotten! and the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala has a different musical offering each week in August.
Another great way to celebrate is volunteering. Seniors donate a lot of time and money to charity (in fact, seniors are the most charitable age group). Find fun things that give back, too at VolunteerFlorida.org.
So, on National Senior Citizens Day, August 21, celebrate a senior or two, including yourself. Spend the day with loved ones or a neighbor, especially if they live alone. And from the staff here at Lifestyles After 50, thank you for all you have done for America!