Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson is encouraging all Missourians to observe the month of May as Older Americans Month. The observation began in 1963 under President Kennedy to address growing concerns of then one-third of 17 million American seniors living in poverty. Today, there are over 46 million seniors nationwide.
“I am proud to celebrate Older Americans Month in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “As an advocate for Missouri’s seniors, I am fully committed to ensuring they have a quality life and are allowed to pursue new opportunities. Since 2000, the number of Missouri seniors has increased 35%; a sign seniors are living longer and more productive lives,” Parson said. “This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is ‘Age Out Loud’, an appropriate theme for the active lives seniors are leading across our country,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “Recently I was able to meet several active seniors as we honored 61 Missourians with the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award,” Parson said.
The Lieutenant Governor encouraged Missourians to recognize active seniors and work to get more involved. “The number one untapped resource in our country is seniors, and I call on all Missourians to thank those seniors who are working to make their communities better, and encourage others to get involved,” Parson said.