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Older Americans Month

“May is Older Americans Month in Alaska” and a great reminder to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of older Alaskans. This tradition is based on the Older Americans month celebration that began with President Kennedy in 1963 to honor older Americans. Alaska’s senior advisory commissions, senior centers, and other senior community organizations will be hosting special activities during the month of May to honor the value that older Alaskans continue to contribute to their families and communities. 

Older American Month 2015

The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is Get into the Act.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), Older Americans month is focusing on how older adults taking charge of their health, getting engaged in the community, and making a positive impact in other people's lives. 


Past observances

The Older Americans Month theme for the 2014 observance was Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.

In 2013, Alaska recognized Alaskans who are 100 years or older as distinguished Alaskan Centenarians for the first time in recognition of older Alaskans as productive, active and influential members of our state and to call special attention to the growing number of Alaskan Centenarians, people age 100 years or older. 

We encourage communities to take time to recognize older Alaskans in their communities, particularly Alaska’s Centenarians, for their special achievements and contributions to their families and communities. Centenarians are both rare and distinct, being a testament to the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. In the U.S. there are an estimated 53,364 Centenarians, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Alaska, there are an estimated 62 Centenarians based on information provided by the Alaska Division of Permanent Fund (based on 2011 data).

Alaska’s Senior Advisory Commissions celebrated Older Americans Month celebrations with several community events:

  • Power of Aging in Alaska Symposium
    May 1, 2014: Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
  • Older American’s Month Kickoff
    May 1, 2014: Senior Activity Center: Anchorage
  • Fairbanks Senior Recognition Day
    May 8, 2014: Carlson Center, Fairbanks
    The FNSB Senior Recognition Day event is scheduled for Thursday, May 8 at the Carlson Center. This is the largest event honoring seniors in the state. The FNSB Parks and Rec with the FNSB Senior Advisory Commission hosts this event.

Learn more

For more information about this observance, please see: