National Senior Citizens Day and the Solar Eclipse Converge #SolarEclipse2017 today August 21, 2017.

National Senior Citizens Day    spotlights the active lives and significant contributions that older adults make in their communities across the United States.It was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect older adults.

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day as one method to “offer older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute.”

5 Things you can do to celebrate both rare events:

1.) Say thank you to the older adults in your family for their contributions to your life during the eclipse.

2.) Look for ways to offer a kindness to an older adult. Place a call, send an email, check on someone and remind them about solar eclipse safety. 

3.) Complete a volunteer task or job for an older person in your community. Share photos of the total eclipse that you see on social media and other media. Here is a humorous, short video that you can enjoy together: 

4.) Send a greeting card to an older adult in your family and/or community

5.) Pray for the older adults in your family, congregation, and in your life, today and every day! 



Update: Abilenians of all ages showed up for a Solar Eclipse Party hosted by the Department of Engineering and Physics. Here’s the Abilene Reporter-News story that includes an interview with Dr. Tim Head.