[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 87 (Friday, May 4, 2012)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 26651-26652]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11021]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 87 / Friday, May 4, 2012 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8809 of May 1, 2012

Older Americans Month, 2012

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                America endured great trials and heralded defining 
                triumphs over the course of the 20th century, and the 
                men and women who saw us through that time remain among 
                our Nation's greatest assets. Through their guiding 
                wisdom, enduring love of family, and inspiring 
                commitment to country, older Americans continue to 
                steer and enhance our national life.

                Our seniors make countless contributions as active 
                participants in communities across America. From our 
                parks and schools to our faith and service 
                organizations, the generosity and talents of active 
                seniors augment our children's education, bring our 
                families together, and strengthen the fabric of our 
                society. This year's theme for Older Americans Month, 
                ``Never Too Old to Play,'' celebrates the 
                accomplishments of older Americans and encourages them 
                to find even more ways to stay engaged. May 7 through 
                May 11, 2012, is also Senior Corps Week, when we 
                celebrate the service of the over 300,000 Senior Corps 
                volunteers. Individuals interested in information on 
                local volunteer opportunities can visit 

                As we honor the achievements and ongoing contributions 
                of older Americans, my Administration is working with 
                States, territories, and tribes to provide them with 
                support to stay healthy, independent, and engaged. We 
                remain deeply committed to strengthening Medicare, 
                protecting Social Security, enhancing Older Americans 
                Act programs, and implementing the historic Affordable 
                Care Act, which provided more than 32 million seniors 
                with at least one free preventive service or wellness 
                visit last year and helped over 5 million save more 
                than $3.2 billion on prescription drug costs in 2010 
                and 2011. The Department of Health and Human Services 
                recently awarded more than $1.3 billion in grants to 
                ensure the health and independence of America's older 
                adults, including $20 million focused on fitness, 
                chronic disease self-management, and medication 
                management. And the Consumer Financial Protection 
                Bureau is safeguarding older Americans from 
                unscrupulous financial schemes that threaten their 
                fiscal security.

                Our seniors have devoted their entire lives to building 
                the future their children and grandchildren deserve. 
                During Older Americans Month, we celebrate their 
                successes and recommit to supporting them as they shape 
                America's next great generation.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as Older 
                Americans Month. I call upon all Americans of all ages 
                to acknowledge the contributions of older Americans 
                during this month and throughout the year.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand 
                twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of 
                America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2012-11021
Filed 5-3-12; 2:00 pm]
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