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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 3rd, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
Aging Well, Living Well Program Champions
Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to recognize older
persons for the important roles they play in their families,
communities, and workplaces. As older people are living longer,
we continue to look for ways to assist them to remain healthy,
independent, actively engaged, and productive at home and in
The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Department
of Health and Human Services, is pleased to introduce the Older
Americans Month 2004 Aging Well, Living Well Program Champion
initiative. Throughout the month of May, AoA will spotlight innovative
programs on its Website at www.aoa.gov that are taking place
in local communities around this country that assist older Americans
in their pursuit to age and live well.
A different program will be highlighted every business day in
May. Programs spotlighted focus on a variety of Aging Well, Living
Well target areas, such as healthy aging, active engagement,
and access to services. Several Program Champions chosen to spotlight
are funded through the Older Americans Act and support key initiatives
of AoA. Programs selected were determined from nominations submitted
by Area Agencies on Aging around the country and AoA program
When Older Americans Month was first proclaimed in 1963, only
17 million Americans lived to celebrate their 65th birthday.
Today, over 35 million Americans have lived to celebrate their
65th birthday, and by the year 2030, the older population will
double to 70 million.
“Today’s seniors are aging well and living longer
due in large part to the many Champions that are pioneering innovative
programs around the country to assist and engage older Americans,” said
Josefina Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging. “The “Aging
Well, Living Well” Program Champions are only a representative
sample of the wonderful work being done around the country to
assist and engage older Americans,” she added.
AoA applauds this year’s Program Champions and hope that
the programs chosen will receive recognition as model programs
that can be replicated or possibly serve to encourage new ideas
and approaches that reaffirm our commitment to helping our nation’s
seniors live well as they age.