Anaiah Press hosted me on their blog today – National Senior Citizens Day. When did this holiday begin, and what’s it all about?
What does it mean to be a senior citizen? An Internet search for the answer to this question turned up a number of answers, but nothing really definitive. Most sources agreed that a senior citizen is an older person; however, there was no agreement on one specific age at which one reaches this status. Even the government doesn’t have a single standard. Social Security benefits are available beginning at age 62, and Medicare eligibility begins at 65, but the “official” age of retirement according to the Social Office is 67.
To further complicate the issue, many business offer senior discounts – but the age requirement is anybody’s guess. McDonald’s offers Senior Coffee to guests 55 and older, most movies offer discounts to customers who have reach 60 to 62 years of age, and many restaurants offer discounts beginning anywhere from 55 to 62.
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