In a 1963 meeting between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, May was designated as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.” This meeting grew out of an interest in older Americans and their concerns. At that time, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. In 2018, there were 52.4 million Americans in that age group.
During their lifespan, older adults have grown to become architects of the society now enjoyed by all Americans, through teaching youth, developing programs and systems to guide how communities operate, caring for the sick and defending the country. It is more than fitting that Americans who have given so much be afforded beneficial services on all levels.
The Prince William Agency on Aging’s Senior Centers offer a place of social interaction, education and enjoyment for older adults. The centers even offer lifestyle courses, such as A Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self-Management and other evidence-based programs that ultimately keep older adults confident and active. Recently, the centers’ staff have developed robust virtual programming from acting classes to cooking demonstrations and more.
Because just saying “thank you” is not enough, the staff works hard to provide the best possible services to the older adult population who deserve the best services available.