Happy National Senior Citizens Day


“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.” —President Ronald Reagan, “Proclamation 5847- National Senior Citizens Day,” August 19,1988


Happy National Senior Citizens Day from Arapahoe Libraries! President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation announcing that August 21 would be known as National Senior Citizens Day holds sentiments we continue to appreciate today. While “senior citizen” isn't the preferred term any longer, National Senior Citizens Day is a good opportunity to pause and appreciate our older adults. Older adults lead active lives longer than ever before and deserve our country’s respect and kindness every day.

If you want some inspiration from older adults, or a chance to see them participating to the fullest, check out these documentaries from the library!

Documentaries about Amazing People

Iris Apfel is a nonagenarian fashionista with so much energy. This documentary follows her, and the final product is a heartwarming, inspiring story.

Elaine Madsen interviews a number of iconic older women and talks about age, love and careers in this documentary.

The highest grossing documentary ever in Hong Kong and Taiwan, this is the story of 17 older adults who decide to take a 730 mile motorcycle ride across Taiwan.

Hilary Knight, the illustrator best known for the Eloise books, reflects on his work with Kay Thompson and his hopes for his future work in this short documentary.

Casa Verdi, at the center of this documentary, is an Italian retirement home for opera singers. The people interviewed in this documentary show their continued excitement, competitiveness and sense of humor about working in the opera.

This documentary follows a choir of older adults who have a limited amount of time to learn a range of pop songs before performing them at a prison and in their community.

Susan Sarandon narrates this documentary about comedian Irwin Corey and his wife Fran.

This documentary, while older than most on this list, looks at some of the high and low points of aging. Some of the subjects include an aging burlesque dancer, prisoners and athletes.

The Lady in Number Six is about the power of music in the life of the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. At 109 years old, Alice Sommer reflects on her life in this optimistic documentary.

Pole vault, tennis and basketball are just a few of the events that take place every other year at the Senior Olympics. This documentary focuses on some of the teams and individuals there, and what sports mean in their lives.

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