Northwest NEWS

May 14, 2001

Features

May is Older Americans Month

The Healthy Aging Partnership reminds Washington residents to honor the contributions of seniors during Older Americans Month in May.
   For more than 30 years, Older Americans Month has been designed to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of older adults. It provides the opportunity to draw attention to the remarkable longevity of our population and to the challenges and opportunities that accompany our aging populace.
   More Americans are living longer, fuller, more satisfying lives. While one in eight Americans was 65 years and older in 1999, this will rise to about one in five in 2030.
   Older Americans Month recognizes that aging can and should be a positive experience and we can take charge as we prepare for our own longevity, regardless of our age today.
   Older Americans are remaining active and productive long past the point of retirement. Advances in medicine, science and technology as well as health promotion and disease prevention and new employment, volunteer and adult education opportunities will continue to enable older Americans to make a difference in our community and across the nation.
   Seniors and their caregivers can get answers to any questions about the programs and services available to them in the Puget Sound area by calling 1-888-4ELDERS (1-888-435-3377) or by visiting the Web at www.4elders.org.