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In 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. At that time, roughly one third of these older Americans were living in poverty and there were very few programs to help meet their growing needs. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy met with the members of the National Council of Senior Citizens to discuss how to solve the growing problem. After meeting with the council, President Kennedy designated May as “Senior Citizens Month,” later known as “Older Americans Month.”
Older Americans Month is a time to recognize all of the contributions that older persons have made to our country. While the Powers Taylor team fights for the right of older americans year round, we plan to use May as a time to focus on how we can further serve the community. Over the month of May, we should strive to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. Join us in celebrating all of the older americans in our community.
For more information on how you can celebrate Older Americans Month visit the official website.
You can also contact your area agency on aging: Visit their website at http://www.eldercare.gov/ or call 1-800- 677-1116.