Granholm Recognizes May As Older Americans Month

Contact: Karen Carroll (517) 373-8230
Agency: Services to the Aging, Office of

May 1, 2006

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed a proclamation today announcing May as Older Americans Month, and Michigan residents are asked to recognize the experience and commitments of our older adults and to celebrate their contributions to the community.

This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is Choices for Independence, said Sharon Gire, Director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA).

“One of the greatest trends facing today’s policy makers is the aging of our population,” Gire said. “As the state’s focal point for aging issues, OSA is on the leading edge of new initiatives to promote independence and enhance the dignity of Michigan’s older persons and their families. By working together we can address issues to promote successful aging.”

As part of Older Americans Month, OSA will celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 31, 2006. Senior Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest fitness event for older adults. Throughout Michigan events are planned for May 31, 2006 with a common goal of keeping older adults fit and healthy.

This year, the first Baby Boomers --- the generation born between 1946 and 1964 --- will celebrate their 60th birthdays. According to recent U.S. Census figures, 16% of Michigan’s population is age 60 and older. Michigan will continue to see increases in the population of people age 60 and over and we will also continue to see people living longer, reaching age 85 and beyond.

OSA is the designated State Unit on Aging, authorized under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and the Older Michiganians Act of 1981. OSA advocates on behalf of adults age 60 and over and caregivers for policies, programs, and services. The office administers federal and state funds and manages grants for aging services. For more information on OSA, or the events taking place during Older Americans Month, please contact OSA at (517) 373-8230 or visit www.miseniors.net.