Senior citizens day is Tuesday

Published 10:10 am Thursday, May 13, 2010

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) celebrates the accomplishments of our older citizens in recognition of May as Older Americans Month.

This year’s theme, Age Strong! Live Long!, was announced earlier by The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA).

Working toward similar goals and missions, the ODA and AAA7 develop strategies and programs that provide seniors with opportunities to live full and satisfying lives.

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Each May is observed across the nation as Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions seniors make to their communities.

This special observance was established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens.

Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.

The observance is sponsored by the US Administration on Aging.

Representatives from the AAA7 and Lawrence County Community Action recently visited the Lawrence County Commissioners Office where a proclamation for Older Americans Month was signed by the Commissioners for this special observation.

“Ohioans are living longer, more active and more engaged lives than ever before … and they are making a difference like never before,” said Barbara E. Riley, director of the ODA. “Our seniors are in the workforce, taking college courses, and volunteering their time and talents. They are, indeed, aging strong, and we know this activity helps keep them healthy and vital.”

“During this month, we celebrate our older Ohioans throughout our ten-county district and the many contributions they make to our communities,” commented Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director with the AAA7. “Older Americans are a valuable asset to our society, making many contributions that have been and will continue to be a vital part of what makes our district so very special.”

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. serves the following counties in Ohio: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.

Services are rendered on a non-discriminatory basis. Those interested in learning more about the services provided through the Area Agency on Aging District 7 can also call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277.

Here, individuals can talk directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. Information is also available on