National Seniors Day

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AKA NameInternational Day of Older Persons
2023 DateOctober 1, 2023
2024 DateOctober 1, 2024

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National Seniors Day recognizes and celebrating the invaluable contributions made by seniors in communities across the nation. It is an opportunity for Canadians to express gratitude for their wisdom, experience, and lifelong accomplishments. The Observance not only highlights the positive impact that seniors have on society, but also raises awareness of the challenges they face, such as ageism, lack of accessibility, and social isolation.

Introduced as a result of the passage of the Celebrating Seniors Act in 2010, National Seniors Day was officially declared on October 1, 2011. The purpose of this day is to foster respect and appreciation for the older members of society, as well as to encourage intergenerational cooperation and understanding. By celebrating the contributions of seniors, Canadians are encouraged to recognize their important role in building strong communities and shaping the nation's cultural fabric.

National Seniors Day is typically marked by various events and activities held across the country, aimed at promoting intergenerational interaction and acknowledging the achievements of seniors. These may include community gatherings, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities that encourage seniors to share their knowledge and expertise with younger generations. Canadians are also urged to reach out to the seniors in their lives, be it through personal visits, phone calls, or written messages, to offer their gratitude and support. National Seniors Day is observed annually on October 1, coinciding with the International Day of Older Persons, as declared by the United Nations.

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Top facts about National Seniors Day

  • According to the AARP, Americans aged 50 and older contribute $7.6 trillion to the US economy each year through consumer spending, taxes, and charitable giving.
  • By 2030 seniors will make up 23% of Canada's population.
  • According to an AARP survey, nearly 90% of seniors in the US would prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, though many require adaptations or improvements to make their homes more accessible.
  • By 2050, the global population of people aged 60 and over is expected to reach 2.1 billion

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Top things to do for National Seniors Day

  • Do something kind for a senior in your life. Do chores, run errands, or cook them dinner.
  • Learn more about your family history. Speak with your elders and learn about their lives. Learn where you come from.
  • Volunteer at a local senior centre and offer help to the residents.
  • Visit local museums or art galleries, many of these also host special events or offer discounts to seniors on National Seniors Day.
  • Spend the day exploring the many beautiful parks and gardens Canada has to offer, such as Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario or Butchart Gardens in British Columbia.

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