Older Americans Month

WHEREAS, in the State of Alabama there are 907,089 citizens aged 60 and older; and

WHEREAS, the older adults in the State of Alabama are the roots from which our community grows, who bestow gifts of wisdom and insight upon younger generations, and strengthen the bonds between neighbors to create a better place to live; and

WHEREAS, our society can be enhanced by older adults aging peacefully in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the older adults in the State of Alabama should be commended for their role in creating and bolstering the fiber of our community and nation; and

WHEREAS, our community can provide that recognition and respect by enriching the quality of life of older Americans by: increasing their opportunities to remain in their communities as active and engaged citizens; providing services, technologies and support systems that allow seniors to foster and maintain connections within the community; and emphasizing the value of elders by publically recognizing their contributions to the diversity, strength and unity of our community:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 2011, as

Older Americans Month

in the State of Alabama and urge all citizens to take time this month to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members and volunteers who care for them. Our recognition of older Americans and their involvement in our lives can help us achieve stronger and more meaningful connections with each other and enrich our community’s quality of life.


Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 27th day of April 2011.


Governor Robert Bentley