Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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City recognizes value and needs of older population by proclamation

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[May 28, 2008]  Text of city proclamation:




WHEREAS, the City of Lincoln is a community in which many citizens age 60 or older make their home; and

WHEREAS, older adults in the City of Lincoln and throughout the U.S. are a growing population with evolving needs; and

WHEREAS, older Americans are valuable members of our society who are rich with experience and deserving our respect; and

WHEREAS, the number of baby boomers reaching traditional retirement age continues to increase, a fact that spotlights the need for increased attention to the needs of older adults; and


WHEREAS, our older citizens of today and tomorrow promise to be among the most active and engaged older adult populations in our Nationís history; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of this and all U.S. communities to work together and prepare for changing older adult populations by modernizing systems of care and providing consumers with more control over their lives; and

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WHEREAS, overall quality of life can be greatly enhanced when Supportive communities help their older citizens Obtain:
Evidence-based approaches to making behavioral changes that can reduce risk of disease, disability, and injury.
The tools to make informed decisions about, and gain better access to, existing health and long-term care options.
More options to avoid placement in nursing homes and remain at home as long as possible.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Elizabeth A. Davis-Kavelman, Mayor of the City of Lincoln, Illinois, do hereby proclaim May, 2008 to be Older Americans Month in the City of Lincoln. I urge everyone to take time this May to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members, and citizens who care for older adults. I urge all citizens to work collaboratively to strengthen the services Lincoln provides to its older adults in ways that recognize the changing nature of their needs, and that provide older adults with more opportunities to make informed choices about their lives. Our efforts can improve the lives of our older citizens and help pave the way for future generations.

Dated this 19th day of May, 2008.

Elizabeth A. Davis-Kavelman, Mayor

Melanie J. Riggs, City Clerk

[Text copied from file received from Melanie Riggs]


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