OLDER AMERICANS MONTH
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]