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Older Americans Month

“May is Older Americans Month in Alaska,” a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of older Alaskans. This tradition is based on the Older Americans month celebration that began with President Kennedy in 1963 to honor older Americans. Alaska’s senior advisory commissions, senior centers, and other senior community organizations will be hosting special activities during the month of May to honor the value that older Alaskans continue to contribute to their families and communities.

The theme for the 2013 “May is Older Americans Month in Alaska” is Unleash the Power of Age to recognize older Alaskans as productive, active and influential members of our state and to call special attention to the growing number of Alaskan Centenarians, people age 100 years or older. For the first time, Alaska is recognizing Alaskans who are 100 years or older as distinguished Alaskan Centenarians.

We encourage communities to take time to recognize older Alaskans in their communities, particularly Alaska’s Centenarians, for their special achievements and contributions to their families and communities. Centenarians are both rare and distinct, being a testament to the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. In the U.S. there are an estimated 53,364 Centenarians, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Alaska, there are an estimated 62 Centenarians based on information provided by the Alaska Division of Permanent Fund (based on 2011 data).

Alaska’s Senior Advisory Commissions are planning special Older Americans Month celebrations as described below. All older Alaskans are most welcome to attend! 

  • “Older Americans Month Kickoff,” Thursday, May 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center (1300 East 19th Street, Anchorage) hosted by the Anchorage Senior Advisory Commission with the Alaska Commission on Aging. For more information, please call the Anchorage Aging and Disability Resource Center at 907-343-7770.
  • “Fairbanks Senior Recognition Day,” Thursday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Carlson Center (1210 2nd Ave., Fairbanks) hosted by the Fairbanks Senior Advisory Commission. For more information and to RSVP, please call the Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Parks and Recreation Office at 907-459-1136.