2017 Older Virginians Month


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 two million by 2030; and

WHEREAS, each May,the United States Administration for Community Living recognizes older adults for their contributions to the nation; and

WHEREAS, the focus this year is on how what it means “to age” has changed for the better; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme for May is “Age Out Loud,” which emphasizes the value of supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence; 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, 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 22-23, 2017, to assist the Commonwealth in developing policies to promote the health and well-being of Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2017 as OLDER VIRGINIANS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.