Older Virginians Month


WHEREAS, there are approximately 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth who are over 60 years old, and this population will expand to more than 2 million by 2030, when one in every four Virginians will be over 60 years old; 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 its older citizens by celebrating their contributions and achievements; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme for May is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” which emphasizes the value of injury prevention and safety awareness in helping older adults remain healthy and active; 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:

  • Providing information on fire, fall, and scam prevention methods in coordination with local fire departments, law enforcement agencies and home health service providers
  • Participating in regional TRIADcrime prevention programs for seniors
  • Partnering with the business community to inform older adults on how to “safety proof” their homes
  • Organizing walkathons and other health-focused events; 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 2014 as OLDER VIRGINIANS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.