COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich has proclaimed May 2011 as Older Americans Month in Ohio, and Tuesday, May 17, as Senior Citizens Day. The theme for 2011 is "Older Ohioans - Connecting Communities." The Ohio Department of Aging joins the governor in supporting and promoting local celebrations all over the state.
"Our communities need their elders, and our elders need their communities," said Governor Kasich. "We are nothing without the shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge of the generations before us. Their willingness to realize their dreams, speak their minds and work toward a better Ohio has provided opportunities for our children and grandchildren."
"We are all inter-dependent," added Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Our elders are enjoying increased vitality and standard of living, and are more active in community life than ever before. But, also, they are choosing to remain in their communities longer, creating economic opportunities as home- and community-based care options expand."
The department encourages communities, senior centers, organizations and individuals to host public events to celebrate seniors in their communities. Local events traditionally include health fairs, luncheons, dances, outings, day trips and more. The department's website, www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/, lists activities throughout the month from across the state and also provides resources to help organizations and individuals plan and promote events.
The department also is holding an Older Americans Month photo project on its page on Facebook. Ohioans of all ages are encouraged to upload images they believe demonstrate how older Ohioans are connecting their communities. More information is available at www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
State of Ohio
Office of the Governor
Whereas, more than two million Ohioans are age 60 or older and nearly 15,000 more celebrate their 60th birthdays each month; and
Whereas, our elders are the roots from which our communities grow, who bestow gifts of wisdom and insight upon younger generations, and strengthen the bonds between neighbors to create a better place to live; and
Whereas, our society can be enhanced by our elders aging comfortably and productively in their communities; and
Whereas, our elders should be commended for their role in creating and bolstering the fiber of our communities and our nation; and
Whereas, our state and our communities can provide that recognition and respect by enriching the quality of life for older Americans by enriching the quality of life for older Americans by increasing their opportunities to remain in the communities as active and engaged citizens; providing services, technologies and support systems that allow seniors to foster and maintain connections within their communities; and emphasizing the value of elders by publicly recognizing their contributions to the diversity, strength and unity of our communities.
Now Therefore, I, John R. Kasich, Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as
Older Americans Month
throughout Ohio and further designate Tuesday, May 17, 2011, as Senior Citizens Day. I encourage all Ohioans to take time to honor our older adults and the contributions that they have made, and continue to make, to better our society.
On this 1st day of May, 2011;
John R. Kasich
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