May Is Older Americans Month | Imperial Club

May Is Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs.
However, interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as Senior Citizens Month. Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called Older Americans Month, and has become a tradition. Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute to older persons in their communities. May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Get Into The ACT”—in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act of 1965. We celebrate how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.
If you are an “older American,” use May as a month to remember that it is in your power to have a positive impact on your family, your community, and your neighbors here at the Imperial Club. You are an important and valued member of this community!

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