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WHEREAS, there are nearly 1.8 million Virginians age 60 or older, and this population is expected to increase to more than 2.3 million by 2030; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to fostering the independence and well-being of older adults through leadership, advocacy, and oversight of state and community programs and guiding the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population; and
WHEREAS, for over 55 years, Older Americans Month, led by the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, has been observed every May and this year’s theme is “Make Your Mark,” which encourages and celebrates countless contributions that older adults make to our communities; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 4334, the Supporting Older Americans Act, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act through federal fiscal year 2024, was signed into law on March 25, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ 2019-2023 State Plan for Aging Services, developed in collaboration with the 25 Area Agencies on Aging and statewide and local partners, advances home and community-based services, encourages regional collaborative initiatives, and champions efforts to provide person-centered supports to older adults and caregivers; and
WHEREAS, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging are hosting the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging in Richmond, Virginia, which will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to take an active role in making Virginia a better place to live for our aging population;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2020 as OLDER VIRGINIANS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.