Saturday, May 16, 2015

Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
~from the Administration for Community Living website

Happy Older Americans Month!  As President Obama, whose  Administration is hosting the 2015 White House Conference on Aging this summer, officially proclaimed,

After a lifetime of contributions, [older Americans] have earned our care and respect, and they deserve to live out their years with dignity and independence... This month, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of our elders, and we reaffirm our belief that the promise of our Nation extends to Americans of all ages.

This year also marks several other anniversaries of note: 80 years of Social Security, and 50 years for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. Why not celebrate Older Americans Month with some items from the library catalog, including:

Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance by Eve Pell

Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations by Judith Viorst

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace & Savor Your Next Chapter by Ron Pevny [Large Print]

Sex After--: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow

Gut Busters and Belly Laughs: Jokes For Seniors, Boomers, and Anyone Else Who Thinks Thirty-Somethings Are Just Kids by Steven D. Price

With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older by Beth Baker

The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty by Michael Gurian [Large Print]

Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider, Alan M. Webber

For more books with issues affecting older Americans, try a subject search in the catalog of "older people".

Also, consider checking out these feature films with mature characters and themes of interest to older people:

Last Tango in Halifax

Unfinished Song

Still Mine

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Something's Gotta Give

Young at Heart

It's Complicated

Le Week-End


Administration for Community Living

Older Americans Month on Pinterest

AARP Bulletin: Get Into the Act

Presidential Proclamation - Older Americans Month 2015

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