Celebrate our elders this month

The Washington State Council on Aging is asking you to join us, and Gov. Inslee, in honoring older Americans during the month of May.

Since 1963, the month of May has been historically designated to recognize the contributions of older Americans. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

This theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.

Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

Gov. Inslee has issued a proclamation acknowledging Older Americans Month. Let’s join him across the state in celebrating our elders.

Ron Vivion,

Member representing Snohomish County

Washington State Council on Aging

Mill Creek

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