Older Virginians Month 2016


WHEREAS, there are approximately 1.6 million adults in the Commonwealth who are over 60 years old, and this population will expand to more than 2 million by 2030; and

WHEREAS, each Maythe U.S. Administration for Community Living recognizes older adults for their contributions to the nation; and

WHEREAS, the focus this year is on how older adults are trailblazers—advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities—paving the way for future generations; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme for May is “Blaze a Trail,” which emphasizes the value of raising awareness about issues facing older adults and helping all individuals to thrive in communities of their choice for as long as possible; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Area Agencies on Aging and Senior Centers, integral parts of Virginia’s aging network for wellness and supportive services, have welcomed this year’s theme and will raise the importance of community engagement; and

WHEREAS, together they will work with local school districts to incorporate a poster contest as an intergenerational activity to honor older adults in the community; and

WHEREAS, they will create pocket folders for senior center participants to be a repository of each person’s vital emergency and medication information to promote aging in place; and

WHEREAS, a Conversation on Community Living in partnership with the local Parks and Recreation Department will take place to discuss current and new services; and

WHEREAS, celebrating Senior Olympics, senior prom, senior dances, senior days, picnics, talent shows, health fairs, and finally, short hikes that “Blaze a Trail” will take place, all in honor of seniors; and

WHEREAS, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with state level and community partners, is responsible for planning and oversight of aging, disability, adult and adult protective services that make community living a reality for more older adults; and

WHEREAS, a Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging will be held in conjunction with Older Virginians Month on May 2-3, 2016, with the theme “Designing Our Future” to assist the Commonwealth in developing policies to promote the health and well-being of Virginians as the population ages;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2016 as OLDER VIRGINIANS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.