Salt Lake County Aging Services manages 19 centers for the valley’s senior citizens, and one of those senior centers just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Tenth East Center, reportedly one of the earliest senior centers in the United States, marked the event with speakers, food, and entertainment. Read more about the party in this July 11 Tribune article.
Another event for Utah’s seniors featuring music, prizes, and special guests occurred in 1970. “Senior Citizen Day” was held at the Utah State Fairgrounds on September 16, 1970. Awards were handed out for an art competition, and plaques for being the oldest senior citizen, the senior citizen with the most grandchildren (the winner had 78 grandchildren!), and the couple married the longest were given out by “honored guest” Bob Barker (of game show fame).
Entertainment was provided by Clyde Wolf and Richard Eliason, and also the “Singing Grandmothers” Effie Yates and Lillian Shaw:
Source: Salt Lake County Aging Services Photographs, 1968-1987, Acc. 04-145. Salt Lake County Archives.