Posted May 1, 2012

Kingston, NY – County Executive Mike Hein has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month. Since 1963, in May of each year, people across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans. This is a great opportunity to show appreciation and support to seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our community.

“The shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge of our older residents have helped shape our culture, economy, and local character,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “When Ulster County residents spend time together, they create opportunities to encourage healthier living for all ages. For these reasons and more, I am taking this opportunity for the second year to honor Ulster County’s seniors.”

“Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds,” said Ulster County Office for the Aging Director Anne Cardinale. “They offer a take on bygone times that is not discussed in any history class and a unique perspective that sheds new light on contemporary issues.”

The theme of this year’s celebration is Older Americans: Never Too Old To Play, which encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities. In fact, Ulster County’s senior residents are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education and technology. The last several decades have seen great increases in their vitality and standard of living. Seniors are out and about every day giving back, and making a difference in our community. Their passion and experience inspire us all and we are privileged to honor and care for the generations whose legacy continues to enrich our nation’s future.

To help support Ulster County’s senior citizens, contact the Ulster County Office for the Aging at 340-3456 to learn about volunteer opportunities with programs that help seniors to improve health literacy, increase access to quality health services, deliver food and nutrition services, provide financial counseling, sponsor social and civic activities, and more.