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Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

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 Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

The 2016 Older Americans Month theme is Blaze a Trail.  The Administration for Community Living will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. They will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Visit the 2016 theme section for materials and ideas to help your organization celebrate.

Older Americans Month 2016