Hennessey Hopes to Make May 'Older Pennsylvanians Month'
5/5/2008
Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Coatesville), Republican chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, introduced a resolution in the state House to officially mark May as “Older Pennsylvanians Month” across the Commonwealth. Hennessey said he hopes the Democrat-controlled House will take up the measure when it returns to session next week.
 
“Older Pennsylvanians helped build a strong Commonwealth to be passed on to future generations,” Hennessey said. “But, we’re not passing it on just yet! Many older citizens are still very active, and have a great impact on our neighborhoods through volunteering and community organizations. Some continue to work full-time while others have part-time jobs or are enjoying their retirement. Regardless of how they’re enjoying their ‘golden years,’ older Pennsylvanians have contributed a lot to our Commonwealth, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.”
 
May has traditionally been recognized as “Older Americans Month” across the United States. The month is set aside to consider and appreciate the special and continuing needs of older citizens and to alert them to services and benefits available to them.
 
Pennsylvania ranks with Florida and West Virginia as one of the top three states with the largest populations of older residents. There are approximately 2.4 million Pennsylvanians who are age 60 or older. Experts predict that, over the next 10 years, the largest demographic change will be a 50 percent increase in the number of individuals who are at least 85 years of age.
 
“One thing about older Pennsylvanians – if you’re not already one of us, you’re heading in that direction,” said Hennessey – who is 60 years old – with a laugh. “We all get older. It’s not the number of years that matters; it’s how you use the time you’ve been given. Older Pennsylvanians who stay active and very involved are a great asset to our Commonwealth.”
 
Hennessey’s proposal – House Resolution 692 – was introduced on April 7 and has received bipartisan support. More than 100 lawmakers – Republicans and Democrats – have signed on as co-sponsors to Hennessey’s resolution.
 
Rep. Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(610) 380-8600
(717) 787-3431
www.RepHennessey.com
Contact: Dan Massing
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