From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, History of Older Americans Month:
“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.”
From Census.gov > Topics > Population:
Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2021.
Source: Population Projections.
Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), 2019 and 2020 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), 2022 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
Source: Current Population Survey (CPS).
Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS), date ranges to 2023.
Source: 2021 County Business Patterns (CBP).
From the Library > America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers:
From the Library > Census Infographics & Visualizations:
From the Library / Older Population and Aging Publications:
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