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File #: 20-0334    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 2/26/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Title: Health and Human Services Agency, on behalf of the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign a Proclamation recognizing May 2020 as “Older Americans Month” in El Dorado County. FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A - Proclamation OAM, 2020, FINAL, 2. Executed Proclamation
Related files: 21-0706
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Health and Human Services Agency, on behalf of the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign a Proclamation recognizing May 2020 as “Older Americans Month” in El Dorado County.

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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND:
Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday, about one third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns grew, and at a meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, May was designated as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

Typically, the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) celebrates Older Americans Month each year by hosting a special luncheon at all Senior Nutrition lunch sites. This year, due to COVID-19, the luncheons will be postponed. In addition, HHSA recognizes older adults living in El Dorado County who perform exemplary work through volunteerism by presenting the annual “Senior of the Year” award. This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark: May 2020,” which emphasizes the contributions that older Americans make to our community and to society.

Each year, in honor of Older Americans Month, the public is invited to nominate a senior they believe has made a significant contribution to the local community, to be considered for designation as El Dorado County Senior of the Year. A panel of Commission on Aging members reviews the nominations and awards this prestigious title to the nominee they believe, based on information presented in the nomination, best demonstrates selfless dedication to serving their fellow County residents and the community at large. A special award is presented annually to the senior sele...

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