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Older American's Month

Older Americans Month is observed annually every May in the United States. It’s primarily observed to recognize the contributions of past and present older persons to the country, particularly those who defended the country.

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May 01, 2024, 12:00 AM

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About the event

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 when at the time, there were only 17 million living Americans that had reached their 65th birthday. Around a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and programs to meet their needs were not many. For that reason, there was a growth of interest in older Americans and their concerns. In April 1963, a meeting was held between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens (N.C.S.C.), leading to the designation of May as Senior Citizens Month, now Older Americans Month. Each year, Older Americans Month comes along with a different theme, such as Older Americans and the Family (1978), In the New Century … The Future is Aging (2000), Age Strong! Live Long! (2010), and Age My Way (2022). The latter is focused on how older persons can remain in and be involved with their communities. Click HERE to view the resources developed by The Diversity Movement or click HERE to view the resources developed by National Today.

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