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The Older Americans Month

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In 1963 President John F. Kennedy created the tradition. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed Senior Citizens Month 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 JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pays tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.

“Older Americans are productive, active, and influential members of society, sharing essential talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends, and neighbors,” Administration on Aging website.

The 2017 theme: Age Out Loud, gives us an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they’re insisting on changes that make that possible. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

2016 – Blaze a Trail

2015 – Get into the Act

2014 - Safe Today-Health Tomorrow

2013 – Unleash the Power of Age

2012 – Never Too Old to Play

2011 – Older Americans: Connecting the Community

2010 – Age Strong! Live Long!

2009 – Living Today for a Better Tomorrow

2008 –Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities

2007 – Making Choices for a Healthier Future

2006 – Choices for Independence

2005 – Celebrate Long-term Living

2004 – Aging Well, Living Well

2003 –What We Do Makes a Difference.

2002 – America: “A Community for all Ages”

2001 – The Many Faces of Aging

2000 – In the New Century-The Future is Aging

1999 – Honor the Past, Imagine the Future: Towards a Society for All Ages

1998 – Living Longer, Growing Stronger in America

1997 – Caregiving: Compassion in Action

1996 – Aging: A Lifetime Opportunity

1995 – Aging: Generations of Experience

1994 – Aging: An Experience of a Lifetime

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1992 – Community Action Begins with You: Help Older Americans Help Themselves

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1986 – Plan on Living the Rest of Your Life

1985 – Help Yourself to Independence

1984 – Health: Make it Last a Lifetime

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1978 – Older Americans and the Family

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