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Older Americans Month

Effective Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

WHEREAS, the nation’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group, and as the “baby boomer” generation reaches retirement age, they are becoming the most active and involved older population in the history of the nation; and

WHEREAS, Alaska’s elders are valuable members of our society, and their wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and vast experiences can be effectively shared through interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations which enrich the lives of everyone involved; and

WHEREAS, since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and celebrate older adults and their contributions to our communities; and

WHEREAS, many older Alaskans remain in the workforce in their later years, benefitting our economy and their workplaces with life experience, practical wisdom, and expertise; and

WHEREAS, Alaska’s seniors make up a significant percentage of our state’s volunteers, often donating countless hours of their time serving others, and working as members of charitable organizations which provide opportunities for Alaska’s youth; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans have a responsibility to honor and respect elders by protecting the dignity, humanity and overall quality of life of older Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, our society is dependent upon intergenerational cooperation and support, and benefits from our collective efforts to serve older Alaskans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as:

Older Americans Month

in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans to show their appreciation for our elders, to take time to engage with older Alaskans, and to acknowledge their ongoing and valuable contributions to our state and nation.

Dated: April 14, 2013

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