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Older Americans Month

Effective Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

WHEREAS, older Alaskans are among our most treasured resources; united by historical experiences and strengthened by traditions and cultures, they bring wisdom and insight to our families and communities; and

WHEREAS, rapidly increasing numbers of adults are reaching retirement age. This generation, commonly known as the Baby Boomers, and current seniors are continuing to lead healthy and active lives longer than ever before currently there are over 43 million people 65 years and older in the United States, and approximately 80,000 in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, many older Alaskans remain in the workforce, benefiting our economy and their workplaces with their experience, skill, and expertise. Many others donate their time to volunteer or provide family caregiving, building stronger communities and families across our great state; and

WHEREAS, this month, we acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices older persons have made to ensure a better life for future generations of Alaskans and Americans, especially those 9.4 million seniors who defended our freedoms as members of the United States Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, as a society, we have a responsibility to work together across generations to address the needs, concerns, and safety of our seniors so that they may continue to lead happy, healthy, and independent lives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as:

Older Americans Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to share appreciation with our seniors for their many contributions to our families and communities, and to show our support through engagement, service, and advocacy.

Dated: April 28, 2014

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