Spectacular in silver

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This week includes National Senior Citizens Day. The day was created to give back to the seniors that have impacted our lives and those who have already given so much. Improved healthcare and nutrition have enabled our older citizens to contribute more years of productivity than ever before. Tech advances, including assistive technology, has kept older workers in the workforce for more years than they could have imagined when their parents and grandparents were working.

This has allowed many to seek second careers and serve as role models for the younger generations. For all that they have done, we owe our seniors our thanks and gratitude. Back in 1988, former President Ronald Reagan, then the oldest president to have taken office, honored seniors with Proclamation 5847

“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land,” Reagan proclaimed. “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity,” Reagan said.

As our population ages, opportunities pop up to include older citizens in the mainstream of public life. Yet many older people are isolated, living alone, and have mobility and other issues that leave them homebound or unable to socialize and feel part of things.

Our newsroom so appreciates the senior citizens who subscribe to our newspaper, submit photos of family milestones and other events, call in to let us know about a community or historical event, and share their experiences with us.

It helps us tell the story of this community.

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