Older Americans Month
To promote Independence, Wellness, and Activities to enrich the lives of Cannon County Seniors
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.”
The theme for this year, Make Your Mark , was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.
In honor of “Older Americans Month,” be sure to Make Your Mark and tell your kids, grand-kids, or your great-grand-kids about your past. Tell them a story about something that has impacted your life, something you have never forgotten. Your stories are important, they are something your family can hold onto forever.