WHEREAS, the City of Chicago possesses a distinguished history, recollected and shared best by some of our most venerable residents; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is home to more than 400,000 residents aged 60 and better and remains committed to helping all individuals maintain their health and independence in later life; and
WHEREAS, older adults maintain an integral role in all of society by sharing knowledge, wisdom, and the understanding of the history of our community in a variety of vital exchanges with children, youth, and adults from other generations; and
WHEREAS, the many fruits of knowledge and experiences gained through personal trials and testimonies as well as lessons learned can be effectively transferred from generation to generation through meaningful social interactions; and
WHEREAS, senior citizens' daily dealings with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago recognizes that our community can provide opportunities to enrich residents - young and old - by emphasizing the value of including elders in public and family life, helping older adults take control of their safety and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for older Americans to interact with people of different generations while providing services, technologies, and support systems that allow older adults to participate in social activities in the community:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RAHM EMANUEL, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim May 2014 to be OLDER AMERICANS MONTH IN CHICAGO, and urge all Chicagoans to take the time this month to engage with our older citizens through quality time spent on enjoyable social interactions such as conversation, sports, games, contests, and other hobbies.