Older Virginians Month

4/24/2015

WHEREAS, there are approximately 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth who are more than 60 years old, and this population will expand to more than 2 million by 2030; and

WHEREAS, the month of May has been designated by the U.S. Administration for Community Living as the time for communities across America to honor older citizens; and

WHEREAS, this year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the focus is on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme is “Get into the Act,” which emphasizes the value of promoting healthy aging, increasing community involvement for older adults, and focusing on important issues like the prevention of elder abuse; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to helping all individuals live longer, healthier lives; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Area Agencies on Aging and Senior Centers, integral parts of Virginia’s aging network for wellness and support services, welcome this year’s theme and will provide opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals young and old by:

  • Holding May Day celebrations that may include special luncheons, guest speakers, live music, games and prizes at regional Active Lifestyle Centers (senior centers)
  • Participating in regional TRIAD crime prevention programs for seniors
  • Organizing a walkathon as a fundraiser for the local Emergency Fuel Fund that will purchase fuel or pay heating bills for older persons in the community next winter
  • Highlighting the engagement of older adults at a Creative Aging Festival and other events that promote the benefits of older adult participation in the arts
  • Developing service projects with regional senior centers to help support other local services organizations to increase older adult community involvement; and

WHEREAS, the State Adult Services and Adult Protective Services Program has joined the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to streamline services that will make communities safer for older Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as OLDER VIRGINIANS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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