May Designated as Older Pennsylvanians Month, Says Hennessey

HARRISBURG -- Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), majority chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, said today that unanimous passage of his House Resolution 230 designating May as Older Pennsylvanians Month in Pennsylvania on Monday showed the respect and concern the legislature has for our senior citizens in the commonwealth.

“Since 1963, May has been recognized as Older Americans Month throughout the nation.   This designation for our Commonwealth marks the ongoing achievements of our seniors, many of whom, contribute to society, in so many ways”, said Hennessey.  “There are many seniors who also give of their time on countless volunteer roles and serve as role models for our younger residents.”

Hennessey said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging has announced the theme of Older Americans Month 2013 as “Unleash the Power of Age,” and that it’s important to note that those who were born in the first year of the baby boomer generation reached the age of 65 in 2011.

“It is wonderful to see how active our seniors are in this day and age, and that level of activity and involvement increases every year,” said Hennessey.

Hennessey cited the number of programs that the Commonwealth provides for seniors, including the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, PACE and PACENET and others that are aided by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Pennsylvania ranks with Florida, West Virginia and Arizona as having the largest populations of older adult residents. 

Representative Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
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