As a population, Baby Boomers have spent their lifetimes as trend-setters and role models: changing the way our society is educated from public school through college; re-defining marriage, family size and career mobility; expanding choices in home style and location; and of course redefining retirement.
Since 2006, Baby Boomers have added another title to their list of accomplishments, as they officially began to turn 60 – the first year a person is considered a “senior citizen.”
On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, the United States celebrated the 25th Observance of Senior Citizens’ Day, commemorating Proclamation 5842 – signed by Ronald Reagan in 1988. (Senior Citizens’ Day had previously been observed on August 14, to commemorate Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security Act in 1935).
Proclamation 5842 reads:
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. With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders, and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a nation.
“Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt for their own good and that of others.
“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.”
When the first Baby Boomers were born in 1946, there were about 200 million people worldwide ages 60 and over. By the year 2000, there were more people over age 60 than children under age 5!
With continued improvements in nutrition, health care and other advances, people are living longer, more active lives, with different needs than those of the previous generation’s “senior citizens.”
Each Windsong Active Adult community addresses the changing needs and trends of the Boomer Generation, with luxury ranch-style homes that allow for “aging-in-place” without sacrificing the elegance, style, location and activities Boomers have come to expect. Walkable streets and amenities such as a community clubhouse, exercise room and private courtyard gardens make Windsong communities worthy of their own proclamation!
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