May is Older Americans Month
The 2017 Older Americans Month theme is Age Out Loud. As part of the theme, we’re asking our older citizens in Buda to print out the sign included in the link below and write in the bubble how you Age Out Loud. If you are interested, please take a selfie or have someone take a a picture of you holding the sign. Your photo may appear on our social media outlets and website. Please email all pics to Kristin@ci.buda.tx.us.
Link to Age Out Loud Sign
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.”
Historically, 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.