Seniors should be recognized for their contributions

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 2, 1999

L’Observateur / June 2, 1999

DEAR EDITOR: Longevity is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century. In thepast 100 years, we have seen a more drastic extension of longevity than humankind has witnessed in more than 4,000 years. As we enter the 21stCentury, older people will outnumber children for the first time in our history.

By Presidential proclamation, the month of May is designated every year as Older Americans Month, a time for the entire country to acknowledge the enormous contributions of older persons to our strength and prosperity. In St. Charles Parish, we have approximately 4,700 over theage of 60. There is no better time than during Older Americans Month toeducate the public about the critical issues that affect older adults, and the different services and resources that are available within our community. Family members who are caring for older relatives who arechronically ill or disabled often need information and assistance in their caregiving responsibilities. Baby Boomers, who are soon to join the ranksof the older generation, will also present our nation and our communities with challenges and opportunities.

More and more advances in medicine, science and technology, as well as health promotion and disease promotion, employment, volunteer and continuing education opportunities will continue to enable Older Americans to make a difference in communities across the nation. Nomatter what age we may be, it is imperative that we begin planning for our longevity now, so that we can continue to enjoy our later years.

Anyone having questions or needing information about services are encouraged to call St. Charles Council on Aging Inc. at 783-6683. Our staff would be happy to help.

Margaret Powe executive director St. Charles Council on Aging

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