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May Celebrates Older Americans Month

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May Celebrates Older Americans Month

And the theme of this year's celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community.  It pays tribute to the many ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities.  It also highlights the many ways technology helps older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives. Each year the Administration on Aging creates a theme for Older Americans Month to assist our National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging (including the Dallas Area Agency on Aging), and community services providers in planning activities that might take place in the month of May or throughout the year.

How did Older Americans Month get started? After meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country.  In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.


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