Column: Celebrating Older Americans

Column: Celebrating Older Americans

“Get in the Act” at the Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

Each May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living celebrates “Older Americans Month” to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Act, the theme “Get into the Act” is focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963 under the Administration of President John F. Kennedy, 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 and as a result the month of May was designated as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”*

Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) is recognizing this month and building on the theme by cosponsoring with the City of Alexandria’s Successful Aging Committee the Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. – noon at the Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. in Alexandria. This free event will feature local experts talking about the importance of good mental health and positive ways to cope with dementia. Participants will also enjoy fun exercise and cooking demonstrations, free health screenings and more. It will be a fun and informative morning. You can register online at or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.

Please take time this month to acknowledge the contributions that seniors in your life have had and continue to make in our community.

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