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Commissioners Declare May as Older Americans Month in Bucks

May 8, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathy Bennett, AAA Director, 267-880-5700, kmbennett@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County Commissioners this week marked the 55th anniversary of the Older Americans Act of 1965 by declaring May as Older Americans Month in Bucks County.

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, the commissioners issued a proclamation praising the county’s more than 100,000 over-60 residents for their many contributions to the county. Older Americans Month

Vice Chair Bob Harvie, who read the proclamation, also recognized the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging for its efforts “to maintain the quality of life that older Bucks County residents so richly deserve.”

Older Americans Month traditionally has been a time to celebrate older Americans and to learn about their stories and contributions. This year’s theme, “Make Your Mark,” was chosen to highlight the differences that everyone can make in the lives of older adults, the support of caregivers and the strengthening of their communities.

Bucks County is focusing attention this month on the countless ways that older Americans themselves give of their time, experience and talents each day to benefit family, peers and neighbors. This is supplemented by communities, organizations and people of all ages who are also making their marks.

The Older Americans Act, in its 55th year, is central to this theme, as its passage helped set up an entirely new structure for delivering much-needed services to older Americans.

In Bucks County, the Area Agency on Aging administers more than 20 programs designed to help older adults and their families get the care and services they need to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. These services include information and referral, care management and assessment, in-home and adult day care services, long-term care ombudsman, protective services, senior centers, nutrition, shared-ride transportation, legal assistance, volunteer opportunities, insurance counseling, health promotion and employment assistance.

For more information about the Area Agency on Aging and the many programs and services it provides, please call 267-880-5700, visit the agency’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bcaging, or click on www.buckscounty.org/government/humanservices/AAA