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 Nonprofits in Eligible Communities for Activities that Benefit Children and Seniors

Grants to Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and Tennessee nonprofit and charitable organizations in eligible communities for activities that benefit children and seniors. 

Deadline: 04/05/18

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Projects that Benefit Older Adults, Ages 65 and Above

Grants to USA nonprofits for innovative projects that benefit older Americans (ages 65 and above). Funding is specifically intended to support proposals that focus on the areas of advocacy, direct services, education and training programs for professionals working with the elderly, and/or research to identify the causes of and solutions to significant problems faced by older adults.

LOI Date: 12/01/17

Deadline: 02/01/18

Grants to Metropolitan Portland, Oregon Nonprofits to Benefit Youth, Families, and the Elderly

Grants to Metropolitan Portland, Oregon nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of local families, elderly, and youth, with a particular emphasis on those living in the Hillsboro area. The Foundation seeks to improve the lives of those less fortunate, with a particular interest in local community centers and public parks and recreation department programs.

Deadline: 01/15/18

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