HARRISBURG, Pa., May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Senate Aging & Youth Committee Minority Chair Art Haywood, House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee Majority Chair Tim Hennessey and Minority Chair Steve Samuelson, Representative Thomas Murt, Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging Executive Director Rebecca May-Cole, and AARP Pennsylvania Associate Director of Advocacy Desiree Hung, held a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate May 2017 as Older Americans Month (OAM).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living, which leads the national celebration, designated the 2017 OAM theme as "Age Out Loud."
"The Wolf Administration is committed to helping older Pennsylvanians maintain their independence, enhance their quality of life, and preserve their health," said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. "Traditionally, the month of May affords us the opportunity to pause and raise awareness of the array of programs and services that promote dignity and give seniors the tools they need to age with grace and peace of mind."
Further, the 2017 OAM "Age Out Loud" theme is intended to shine a light on many important trends, such as how older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities; and how they are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.
"Older adults continue to reinvent themselves through new work, new studies and new adventures," said Majority Chairman Hennessey. "As we age out loud, we are letting people know that our seniors matter, and today we thank them for continually enriching our commonwealth and strengthening the fabric of our society through their efforts in our communities."
"For our new generation of older Americans, they are not getting older, they are getting better," said Minority Chairman Samuelson. "Today's seniors are remaining active in their community, whether it is working beyond the traditional retirement age of 65, or becoming advocates for the rights of older adults. Many of today's seniors look at growing older as an opportunity to give an old interest, goal, or special dream a second start."
"Older Americans Month presents us with the opportunity to recognize the contributions of older adults in their communities and the valuable role they play in Pennsylvania," said May-Cole. "As the community focal point for senior services and supports, Area Agencies on Aging are honored to continue ensuring that seniors can maintain independence and quality of life."
"AARP empowers people and leverages the collective voices of more than 1.8 million members here in Pennsylvania" said AARP Pennsylvania Associate State Director of Advocacy Desiree Hung. "We believe each of us has the power to decide how we want to age, and we're committed to defying expectations and eliminating barriers so we can all age out loud."
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging encourages all Pennsylvanians to celebrate Older Americans Month 2017 in diverse ways by focusing on how older adults in communities throughout the commonwealth are redefining aging— through work or volunteer pursuits, by taking charge of their health, and by maintaining their independence for as long as possible.
For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit www.aging.pa.gov.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging