Office for the Aging


May is Older Americans Month

According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), when Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

A recognition ceremony is being planned by the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA).

This year’s theme is Connect Create Contribute. NYSOFA, along with the state’s county offices for the aging, will honor older citizens from across New York State, with a focus on volunteers who have given their time, expertise, and resources to their communities.