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Older Americans Month at Right at Home

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – “Unleash the Power of Age” is the theme for the 2013 Older Americans Month. Celebrated every May since 1963 by communities and organizations across the country, Older Americans Month recognizes and applauds the vibrant lives, legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans.

When President John F. Kennedy first designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, only about 17 million Americans were age 65 or older. Today, the number of U.S. seniors is approximately 41.4 million, or 13.3 percent of the total population. One of every eight Americans is a senior citizen, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2060, the number of older adults is expected to reach 92 million, or one of every five Americans.

“We appreciate how Older Americans Month puts the spotlight on all elder adults who help inspire and challenge every one of us to lead lives of lasting purpose and giving back to others,” said Jeanette Palmer, president of Right at Home in Algonquin. “Because Right at Home serves many of our nation’s older unsung heroes, we encourage all Americans to especially note May as a time to extend special appreciation for our older family, friends and neighbors.” Right at Home is a leading provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and other adults.

The Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, sponsors the annual Older Americans Month, which received its current name via proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The AOA emphasizes three main ways to participate in this year’s “Unleash the Power of Age!” campaign: Nominate an older American who is a leader using his/her talents and expertise to make a worthwhile impact locally or in a broader scope; host an event to highlight notable local seniors; use social media to promote Older Americans Month via posts to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

To find additional ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, visit www.aoa.gov or call 1-800-677-1116. The Older Americans Month website at www.olderamericansmonth.acl.gov gives further practical ideas for unleashing the power and contributions of America’s more than 41 million older adults.

Founded in 1995, Right at Home, Inc. is an international franchise organization based in Omaha. Right at Home in Algonquin is a locally operated, women-owned office that has been servicing the northwest suburbs for the past 10 years.

For more information, visit rightathomealgonquin.com, call 847-458-8656 or email at jpElder99.com

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