From the PresidentSince we are celebrating Older Americans Month this month at MMC, I thought I would share a little of the history behind the celebration.
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to "Older Americans Month."
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 Kennedy 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 such activities.
I hope you will participate in some of the many events we have scheduled this month to help you Age Out Loud - this year's theme.
One way you can Age Out Loud is to make your voice heard. Funding for MMC programs is still uncertain. Please continue your advocacy efforts and let your state and federal legislators know how important programs for older adults are to you and the impact they have on your lives - keep up those calls, letters and emails! As you can see in the graph below, Delaware is projected to have the 9th highest proportion of people age 65 and older in the U.S. Let them know loud and clear that your numbers are large and continuing to grow!
We are well into rehearsals for our next show - Reading, 'Riting and Reminiscing - a look at the music and fun times of a high school reunion. Our cast is excited and we have a lot of familiar songs for you to enjoy and sing along with. We hope it will bring back fond memories of your high school years.
As a special treat, we are happy to include a selection by the mime troupe Louder Than Words in this year's production. They will be presenting a moving tribute to our military as part of the patriotic segment of our show. The group has performed several times at MMC for our members and were enthusiastically received. The teen discipleship ministry is made up mostly of homeschool students. They do drama mime presentations at home and abroad, small group service projects in the community and full team service projects. If you haven't purchased tickets for the show yet, be sure to get them soon, we are always sold-out. Stop by Member Services or call 302-734-1200 x167.
There will be several events in May that can affect the parking situation. On May 4 is the Governor's Prayer Breakfast. It is over at 9, but be aware if you come early, there may still be some traffic congestion. The next event is May 9, DelDot will be here for an event from 8 until noon. On May 31, DNREC has an event from 7:30 to noon. Because they are large events, parking may be at a premium through the lunch rush, so plan accordingly. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but remember these events are an important funding source for MMC programs. Thank you for your understanding.