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Older Americans Month

May 1, 2024

WHEREAS, Alaskan seniors, who numbered 156,832 in 2023, representing 21 percent of the State’s total population , have strengthened and enriched our communities through their diverse life experiences, social engagement, and valued contributions; and

WHEREAS, Alaska’s older people are esteemed members of our society, and their wealth of knowledge, practical 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, the overall quality of life for aging Alaskans can be greatly enhanced when they are included in public and family events with people of all ages, and when they are provided assistive services, technology, and support systems that allow them to comfortably participate in social activities in our communities; and

WHEREAS, since 1963, May has been the designated month to recognize and celebrate seniors and their contributions, and this year’s theme is “Powered by Connection,” which focuses on the profound impact of meaningful interactions and social connection on the well-being and health of older adults in our communities; and

WHEREAS, Alaska is committed to maintaining safe and healthy environments, providing access to important services, and ensuring individual choices for older Alaskans.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2024 as:

Older Americans Month

in Alaska and encourage all Alaskans to take time to engage with older Alaskans and to celebrate their ongoing contributions to our communities.

Dated: May 1, 2024