May 2019: Older Americans Month

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to more than 2 million adults age 60 years and older who make positive and lasting contributions to our great state every day; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan residents today are living longer, healthier lives; and,


WHEREAS, for the first time in history, older adults will outnumber children in Michigan by the year 2025; and,


WHEREAS, our state is committed to supporting older adults by ensuring there are opportunities available in local communities to help them stay engaged, maintain their health and independence, and live where they want to live as they age; and,


WHEREAS, older adults are stronger socially and economically because of community support and recognition to provide them with resources for fulfilling life; and,


WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Services Agency to encourage Michigan residents to take time this month to acknowledge the older adults in their lives and thank them for what they have done for individuals and our communities; 


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Older Americans Month in Michigan.