WA State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 2017 as Older Americans Month.
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. As Governor Inslee proclaimed, “more than ever before, older Americans are changing attitudes about what is possible by reinventing themselves through new passions, new careers; mentoring others, becoming students, or getting involved in new activities or the arts.”
Washington state is home to over 1.5 million older Americans who richly contribute to our community. We are fortunate to live in a state which provides opportunities that enrich the lives of individuals of all ages by involving older adults in the redefinition of aging in our communities, promoting home-based and community-based services that support independent living, encourages older adults to speak up for themselves and for others, and providing opportunities for older adults to share their experiences and knowledge.