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Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act
Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County will begin its annual celebration of Older Americans Month with a proclamation which will be presented during the Board of Commissioners meeting at 10 a.m. on May 6, in the Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor Street.

The proclamation is a part of a month of special events designed to celebrate national Older Americans month and the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act.  This national legislation was signed in July 1965 by President Johnson in order to establish services for older Americans. 

The month of May is recognized as Older Americans month throughout the United States. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Get into the Act,” focuses on encouraging older adults to take charge of their health, engage in their communities, and have a positive impact on the lives of others. By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.”

Highlights of planned events at the County’s four Senior Multipurpose facilities include:

• Art Exhibition – Fulton County Government Center Atrium on May 6

• Health and Fitness Day at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility on May 5

• A Women’s Walk for Wellness at the Harriet G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility on Friday, May 15

• A Health Fair at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility on May 19

• Community Days at all four senior multipurpose facilities on May 2; May 9; May 16; and May 30

Please review the attached calendar for information regarding additional events scheduled for the month.

While Fulton County’s Aging and Youth Services Department, Office of Aging provides 14 neighborhood senior centers, 4 senior multipurpose facilities, and 5 Adult Day program facilities to older adults year-round, the need for services, information and referrals continue to grow. 

According to the U. S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, between 2007 and 2013, the percent of the County’s population 65 years of age and older increased by over 2 percentage points from 7.9% to 10.1%. The national growth in the 65 and older population is projected to continue at roughly the present rate up to 2030.

Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Housing and Human Services Department at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.