St. Paul’s Celebrates Older Americans Month

Ed WalshThe Church of St. Paul in The Desert joins President Barack Obama and the nation in celebrating Older Americans Month, May 2012. In his proclamation, the President stated that “our seniors make countless contributions as active participants in communities across America, from our parks and schools to our faith and service organizations.”

Indeed, Older Americans, who are parishioners of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert, have made significant contributions and are active participants in our faith community right here in Palm Springs. The older adults in our faith community have helped to build our parish and have inspired all of us by the depth and breadth of their faith and dedication to our parish life.

The theme of Older Americans Month 2012 is “Never Too Old to Play” and encourages seniors to stay active and engaged in their communities. I would add, “Never Too Old to Pray.” Our communal prayer life is enhanced by our elders who have traveled farther down the road in their journey of faith. The wisdom of aging and vast life experience is a treasure that seniors bring to our community. We have been given much from our elders and can learn from them. I would ask all of us to take time this month to talk to a senior and listen to their stories of struggle, endurance, joy, hope and faith. Be inspired and celebrate aging as a gift from God that serves to enrich and inspire our faith community.

Ed Walsh

Presidential Proclamation — Older Americans Month, 2012
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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.
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.

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