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Assistant Secretary Greenlee Joins in Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

I join President Barack Obama in celebration of 2010 National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Americans play important roles in our everyday life as well as in the history of our great country. It is an honor to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics during this special month. I want especially to recognize the significant contributions of our Hispanic elder population. Within the next generation, this accomplished population of scholars, public servants, entertainers, teachers, blue and white collar contributors to American society is projected to be the largest ethnic minority in the entire aging segment of the United States’ population.

The elder generation of peoples of Hispanic descent, just as the elders in many other cultures world-wide are the most revered and respected people. Often they carry the family histories of more than one nation, providing a smooth segue between the life affirming traditions of their homelands and modern-day customs of life in the U.S.A. This connection enhances the diversity that makes America great.

We, at Administration on Aging, are proud that together we can work with many of our federal partners and our national aging network of state and area agencies on aging, and tribal and community-based organizations, to help improve the quality of life for older persons, including Hispanic elders. We work to reduce and eliminate the health disparities that we know exist among racial and ethnic minorities and to promote positive health behaviors that encourage healthier lifestyles and independence by providing home and community-based long term care services in communities across the country. In keeping with the traditional American concept of the inherent dignity of individuals in our society, our mission is to continue efforts to ensure that all Americans, especially racial and ethnic older individuals, enjoy healthy, happy and quality lives in their homes and communities as they age.

Read President Obama’s Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month