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May 5, 2017 - City of Boulder Declares May 2017 Older Americans Month

Friday, May 5, 2017

Media Contacts:
Eden Mayne, Senior Services, 303-441-4439
Zach McGee, Media Relations, 303-868-6810

City of Boulder Declares May 2017 Older Americans Month

Since 1963, May has been established nationwide as a time to celebrate older adults and recognize their contributions to our community. The federal Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has designated the theme for Older Americans Month 2017 as Age Out Loud. This theme encourages older adults to develop a new voice on aging and to speak out on the new challenges faced by older adults.

In recognition of Older Americans Month, Boulder Senior Services partnered with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, and Erie senior services to produce a series of 3-minute videos asking local older adults to share what aging out loud means to them. The videos can be seen on the www.bouldercolorado.gov/seniors/older-american-month .

According to the Administration on Aging, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. City of Boulder Senior Services offers a variety of programs and services for older adults at the East and West Senior Centers to foster the engagement and well-being of older adults throughout the community. For a complete listing of programs and activities visit www.boulderseniorservices.com.

The Milken Institute recently ranked Boulder as one of the best cities for successful aging among small U.S. metro areas (and No. 1 in wellness). Boulder is recognized nationally for its quality of life and activity opportunities for its estimated 17,000 seniors. Mayor Suzanne Jones, representing City Council, has signed a declaration designating May 2017 as Older Americans Month. The declaration urges everyone to learn about, support and recognize our city’s older adults, who serve as an inspiration to people of all ages.

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