Hennessey Resolution Makes May 'Older Pennsylvanians Month'
4/29/2009
The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Coatesville), Republican chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, that celebrates May as “Older Pennsylvanians Month” across the Commonwealth.
 
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.
 
“Older Pennsylvanians played a key role in the history of our Commonwealth, and they’ll continue to help shape its future,” said Hennessey, who is 61 years old. “Many of us continue to work full time in positions that help contribute to society. Others work at part-time jobs or spend countless hours volunteering in their communities. Senior citizens contributed a lot to Pennsylvania in the past and we’ll continue to do so going forward.”
 
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.
 
“Pennsylvania has one of the largest populations of older residents, and our Commonwealth has a wide assortment of services and programs to benefit senior citizens,” Hennessey said. “The PACE and PACENET programs are models for other states looking to address pharmaceutical and health care issues for older residents. Our property tax rebate program helps people stay in their homes. We have a lottery that is geared to pay for programs specifically for people in their golden years. Pennsylvania has a proud tradition of taking care of our older residents, and we need to continue to do so in the future.”
 
Hennessey’s measure – House Resolution 217 – was approved through a unanimous, bipartisan vote. More than 80 lawmakers – Republicans and Democrats – signed on as co-sponsors to Hennessey’s resolution.
 
Rep. Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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