It’s no secret Maine has the highest senior population per capita in the nation.
Now, the pine tree state is celebrating its elders.
Governor Paul LePage has declared the second Saturday of every September “Maine Seniors Day.”
The Hammond Street Senior Center celebrating the holiday with a breakfast.
And here’s another cause for celebration: Maine is the first state in the country to declare an annual day dedicated to those 65 and older.
“As Maine goes, so goes the nation. So, hopefully it will spread right down and country and were very proud of that fact,” said Kathy Bernier, the Executive Director at the Hammond Street Senior Center.
Seniors at the breakfast said Maine is the perfect place to retire, with plenty of activity and socializing right at their finder tips.
A volunteer at the center, Ann Lgallants, said “A lot of people I know have moved backed because this is where the history is.”
Not to mention, many of these seniors spend their time giving back. They volunteer more than any state in the nation.
“We’re actually looking at about a 34% volunteer rate in Maine as compared to 29% nationally, said David Nealley, the creator of Maine Seniors Day.
Since this day is the first of its kind, many seniors want to see the holiday expand in the future.
“I would like to see young people matched with elderly people because kids understand elderly people. Parents doing understand either generation, so it’s about time we got together and fought the good fight,” said Lgallants.
This year, the holiday will be celebrated on September 14th.
Many organizations, including Walgreens around the state, will offer discounts to Maine’s seniors.