May is “Older Americans Month”

Did you know that over one in every eight, or 13.1%, of the population is an older American? The older population (65+) reached 40.4 million in 2010, an increase of 5.4 million or 15.3% since 2000.

In 1963, Older Americans Month was established.  Roughly a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns were growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.”

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other activities.

Raine Inc. would like to highlight the Security Travel Pouch in honor of Older Americans Month. #067P – Security Travel Pouch.  http://raineinc.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1523

This pouch offers a great idea for seniors that do a lot of traveling.  It is a secure option for keeping the passport, photo I.D. , boarding pass, travelers checks and etc.  that can all be held in one convenient pouch and is worn around the neck.

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