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Legislation #: 080434 Introduction Date: 5/1/2008
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 5/1/2008
Title: Declaring May 2008 to be Older Americans Month

Legislation History
4/28/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/1/2008 Adopted

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Declaring May 2008 to be Older Americans Month


WHEREAS, Kansas City, Missouri is a community in which 72,356 citizens age 60 or older make their home; and


WHEREAS, older adults in Kansas City, Missouri and throughout the U.S. are a growing population with evolving needs; and


WHEREAS, older Americans are valuable members of our society who are rich with experience and deserving of our respect; and


WHEREAS, the number of baby boomers reaching traditional retirement age continues to increase, a fact that spotlights the need for increased attention to the needs of older adults; and


WHEREAS, our older citizens of today and tomorrow promise to be among the most active and engaged older adult populations in our Nations history;


WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of this and all U.S. communities to work together and prepare for changing older adult populations by modernizing systems of care and providing consumers with more control over their lives; and


WHEREAS, overall quality of life can be greatly enhanced when supportive communities help their older citizens obtain: Evidence-based approaches to making behavioral changes that can reduce risk of disease, disability, and injury, the tools to make informed decisions about, and gain better access to, existing health and long-term care options, and more options to avoid placement in nursing homes and remain at home as long as possible; NOW THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 2008 to be Older Americans Month; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Symie Menitove, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Shepherds Center Central, with the Mayor and Council urging everyone to take time this May to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members, and citizens who care for older adults and also urging all citizens/communities to work collaboratively to strengthen the services Kansas City provides to its older adults in ways that recognize the changing nature of their needs, and that provide older adults with more opportunities to make informed choices about their lives with the hope that our efforts can improve the lives of our older citizens and help pave the way for future generations.