SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois and joins the Illinois Department on Aging to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state. The governor’s proclamation coincides with the national observance. (See the full proclamation on the next page). Since 1963, the observance each year in May has proven a proud tradition in honoring the value that older adults contribute to our communities.
“This year’s Older American Month theme is Unleash the Power of Age to highlight the significant contributions made by older adults. On behalf of the Governor, I am pleased to honor older adults who have contributed to make Illinois great and to better our country. I encourage they stay positive and remain productive,” said Director Holton.
In recognition of the annual observance and to raise awareness, Director Holton and department staff have granted interviews, served on information panels and spoken at events to highlight state programs that support independent living and other protections to seniors.
Older Americans Month is celebrated with ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities. IDoA, the area agencies on aging, and a network of local service providers are holding events throughout the month including the 15th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration, today, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Event hosts and sponsors offer health screenings, information, entertainment, refreshments and prizes.
For more information about program services to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or for TTY (hearing impaired use only) call 1-888-206-1327.