Recognizing and Celebrating Older Americans Month

Release Date: May 15, 2021
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Before this month-long celebration 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. A meeting 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.”

As described by the ACL “Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.”

Aging and Disability Services— the Area Agency for Aging for Seattle and King County that serves older people, adults with disabilities, and caregivers throughout Seattle and King County recommends the following ways to celebrate Older Americans Month that will help strengthen our community:

  • Look for Older Americans Month information in the May 2021 issue of AgeWise King County
  • Visit the Age Friendly Seattle events page and their online calendar to learn about free online events open to the public
  • Reach out to an older person in your life and learn more about their life story. Better yet, help them record it in writing, photos and/or video