How Will You Celebrate a Senior Citizen Today?

It’s National Senior Citizens Day! In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847, declaring August 21st a national day of recognition for the maturing US population. GrantWatch Founder and CEO Libby Hikind says, “my dad, while he was alive at the age of 93, was my best business advisor. Recognize and celebrate the wisdom of a senior’s years.”

Wondering how to celebrate? GrantWatch has some suggestions for how you can observe the holiday, regardless if you have hit that wonderful age of superiority:

1. Spend time with the seniors you know and love. Exchange flowers, candy or western DVD collections, teach them how to use Skype, a smartphone or computer to connect with family members or help them create a new photo book of family memories—anything that will bring smiles to their faces! Show your appreciation for their home-baked cookies, riveting stories, warm hugs and general well-being.

“The greatest gift I can give my mom is my time (not looking at my phone). I want her to feel useful, so I try to include her in my businesses as much as possible. When her hands hurt too much from knitting, we taught my very smart mom to share content to Facebook groups and to Tweet information for us on social media.” –Libby Hikind

2. Volunteer at an assisted living facility or a retirement home. “Share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today” (

3. Research local stores and restaurants for exclusive specials for senior citizens. If you can’t participate in the perks, treat your favorite senior! If your age qualifies, take full advantage; today is your day!

"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." –Ronald Reagan

GrantWatch fully agrees with Reagan when it comes to recognizing the accomplishments of our seniors. That’s why we provide an ever-expanding database of grants and funding opportunities exclusively for aging individuals. Find grants to benefit the lives of the elderly on


Aging/Seniors Grants on GrantWatch

Grants to USA Individuals for Research on Public Policies and Programs to Benefit the Elderly

Grants of $20,000 to scholars and professionals in the areas of law, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology for research to improve or suggest new public policies, laws, or programs that will benefit the elderly. 

Deadline: 10/15/17 (Online Submittal; Supporting Documents – Postmarked)

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits to Enhance the Quality of Life for Senior Citizens

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits to support programs that will enhance the quality of life for seniors in local communities.

Deadline: 10/20/17

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Academic and Biotechnology Investigators for New Alzheimer's Drug Research

Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers working in academic and medical research institutions and biotechnology companies to increase the number of innovative drugs tested on humans at the critical proof of concept stage for Alzheimer’s disease.

LOI Date: 11/17/17

Deadline: 12/08/17 11:59 PM EST

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantWatch.

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