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May is Older Americans Month

The United States is nearing the start of a tremendous demographic shift. Beginning in 2011, the first of 78 million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) will start transitioning into retirement, kicking off an expansion in the number of elderly people that will continue for decades. In Erie County, one out of five residents is already over the age of 60. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one out of every nine baby boomers will live to be at least age 90.

Our nation benefits in many ways from this larger population of older adults, one of our greatest resources. Older adults support our society by providing millions of hours of volunteer, community, and civic service through formal organizations as well as a variety of informal arrangements. (www.erie.gov/rsvp) They enhance our communities and personal lives by sharing and transferring knowledge of cultures, values, and life experiences among generations.

The nation's national aging services network, led by the U.S. Administration on Aging and comprised of State and area agencies on aging such as Erie County Department of Senior Services, as well as more than 29,000 community service providers, caregivers and volunteers know about programs and services that can help them. Visit our extensive website at www.erie.gov/depts/seniorservices or call our Department at (716) 858-8526.

May is Older Americans Month and this year's theme is "Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive Communities," which speaks to opportunities to create better care and reinforce healthier societies for all ages. Working together, our community can improve older adultsí overall quality of life by helping them:

We must all work together to ensure that every older person in this great country is treated with dignity and respect and has the opportunity to make the choices they desire to enjoy a healthy and rewarding future.

You are also invited to attend an Elder Law Fair on Thursday, May 29 at 8:30 am at the Hearthstone Manor to find out more about concerns and legal matters pertinent to our aging community - call 858-8544 to pre-register.