Kay Ivey has designated May 2020 as “Older Americans Month” in a proclamation dated May 13th, 2020. A month which recognizes all of the contributions that seniors have made and are making to our state. According to the U.S. Census there’s many seniors within our state to be thankful for and their population is on the rise.
An AL.Com report in Dec. of 2019 analyzed the numbers and said this, “In 2010, Alabama was the 24th oldest state in the country, with a median age of 37.8 years. That means half of the people in Alabama were older than 37.8 and half were younger. By 2018, Alabama had climbed the rankings to 18th oldest in the nation, with a median age of 39.3.
That 1.5-year increase is the 15th largest rise in the country.
That’s also older than the nation as a whole. The median age for the United States went up by one year, to reach 37.9 as of 2018.”
Alabama Department of Senior Services Commissioner Jean Brown said in a press release, “Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in the state of Alabama. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer experience and wisdom that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 57 years.”
“The Alabama Department of Senior Services is committed to engaging and supporting older adults, their families, and caregivers. It is important to bring all of our generations together to take part in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Alabama is fortunate to have a number of community-based services that support independent living and provide opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, and lead,” says Commissioner Brown.
The Alabama Department of Senior Services administers a number of programs aimed at bettering the lives of Alabama’s senior citizens. Some of the programs run by the department include Employment Training, Caregiver Assistance, an Elder Abuse Hotline, and Aging and Disability resource centers.
According to the press release from Ivey’s office, Older Americans Month is lead by the federal Administration for Community Living. For this year, the theme for events is “Make Your Mark,” which was selected “to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities.”