Hello May and all those special days you bring: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo and even National Dance Like a Chicken Day or National Pack Rat Day. You also host a month of appreciation for many of our readers, older Americans.
Led by the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, Older Americans Month was established in 1963, when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of these persons were impoverished with few programs to meet their needs.
Concern for their welfare grew and in April 1963, President John F. Kennedy, along with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, designated May as Senior Citizens Month, which later became known as Older Americans Month.
Today the number of Americans ages 65 and older is 46 million and expected to increase to over 98 million by 2060, according to the Population Reference Bureau’s report, “Aging in the United States.”
In this issue, we focus on the Baby Boomer generation – its members turning between 55 and 73 years old this year. As they age, their sheer numbers will create a tsunami of challenges for our healthcare system in the decades to come. But we’re not just picking on them. Humorist Susan Goldfein pokes fun at her generation, the Silent one, and longs for a new moniker – one that can make her proud.
We wish all Moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Be sure to check out Kathy Megyeri’s piece on a few Florida mothers who gave birth to some important ideas and institutions that helped shape our state. And if you’re looking for a funny and unique Mother’s Day gift, be sure to read her review on the lighthearted book all generations can enjoy, Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?
This Memorial Day, we thank our veterans and honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Randal Hill presents the backstory on this holiday and how it all came to be.
We have supplied this merry month with plenty of other goodies for your reading enjoyment. Not every story mentioned here may appear in every edition, but you can read them all at www.lifestylesafter50.com.
So may your latter years, be some of your best years. In the meantime, I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes about aging.
See you in June!
Terri Bryce Reeves, Editor
“At age 20, we worry about what others think
of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think
of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been
thinking of us at all.”
Ann Landers (1918-2002)
“Too many people, when they get old, think that
they have to live by the calendar.”
John Glenn (1921-2016)
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
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