Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

Presidential Perspectives on Aging

Posted by Janet Takehara on Feb 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In honor of Presidents Day, we present a potpourri of pontifications, promises kept and personal pursuits of our nation’s Presidents (and one First Lady).


Quotes about aging and older adults:

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln 

“Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” – Ronald Reagan 

“Tranquility is the old man’s milk.” – Thomas Jefferson 

“One of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens.”  – Barack Obama 

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” – Eleanor Roosevelt



Who was the President of the United States when…?

…the Social Security Act was passed (1935) – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

…the first White House Conference on Aging was held (1961) – President John F. Kennedy

Medicare & Medicaid were enacted, the Older Americans Act was passed and  Administration of Aging was established (1965) – President Lyndon Johnson


Presidential hobbies

  • Skinny-dipping in the Potomac – John Quincy Adams
  • Cockfighting – Andrew Jackson
  • Big-game hunting – Teddy Roosevelt
  • Raising cattle – Dwight Eisenhower
  • Bowling – Richard Nixon
  • Birthday sky-diving – George H.W. Bush

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