May 2019 

 The Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month 


When did the celebration of Older Americans Month begin? 

Establishment was created in 1963, in a meeting between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior CitizensMay was originally called “Senior Citizens Month”, before it was recognized as “Older Americans Month.”  


Why did the celebration of Older Americans Month come about?  

In 1963, only 17 million living Americans had lived long enough to celebrate their 65th birthday. During this time, about 1/3 of older Americans lived in poverty. There were very few programs to meet the needs of the elderly. Luckily, interest in older Americans and the needs of older Americans began to grow. The month of May has been a time to recognize the contributions of past and present older persons to our country, specifically those who defended our country. 


How is Older Americans Month celebrated? 

Since Kennedy, every president has issued a formal proclamation during the month of May or before it, asking citizens of the entire nation to pay tribute to older persons in their communities. Celebration is partaken in across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and similar pursuits. 


How can you celebrate this year? 

  • Connect with friends and family
  • Create by participating in projects that promote learning, health, and personal improvement. 
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to support others in your community. 
  • Volunteer with Heart of Ida to enrich the lives of elderly in the Long Beach area.  


For more information about the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the resources they provide, and Older Americans Month please visit their website at: