Governor Quinn proclaims May as Older Americans Month in Illinois

By on May 16, 2013

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois, and joins the Illinois Department on Aging to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state.

The governor’s proclamation coincides with the national observance of Older Americans Month. Since 1963, the observance each year in May has proven a proud tradition in honoring the value that older adults contribute to various communities.

“This year’s Older American Month theme is ‘Unleash the Power of Age’ to highlight the significant contributions made by older adults. On behalf of the Governor, I am pleased to honor older adults who have contributed to make Illinois great and to better our country. I encourage they stay positive and remain productive,” said John K. Holton, director of the Illinois Department of Aging.

In recognition of the annual observance and to raise awareness, Director Holton and department staff have granted interviews, served on information panels and spoken at events to highlight state programs that support independent living and other protections to seniors.

Older Americans Month is celebrated with ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.