Proclamation on Older Americans Month 2020
Older Americans are cherished and invaluable members of our society, deserving our utmost respect, gratitude, and admiration. During Older Americans Month, we pause to draw upon the wisdom, spirit, and experience older adults bring to our families, our communities, and our Nation. We also recognize that during this time of crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we can persevere and prevail by emulating the resolve, tenacity, and determination of America’s more experienced individuals who have endured and overcome life’s most challenging times.
Older Americans have built our economy, defended our freedom, and shaped our Nation’s character. They have raised families and dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life for future generations. They sacrificed in times of hardship and took pride in a job well done. Many served honorably in our Armed Forces during some of the darkest times in the history of our Republic. Older Americans have lived lives of service and sacrifice, bound by devotion to the sacred principles of our country. Although no one could begrudge them rest and respite during their retirement years, having worked decades to support and grow their families and nurture their communities, many older Americans spend their time volunteering for those in need, mentoring young people, or learning new skills. They pour love into their extended families, places of worship, and neighborhood centers, and offer profound perspective and insight gleaned from years of life lessons.
My Administration remains committed to enacting policies that benefit our Nation’s older adults. In an effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs, the Food and Drug Administration has approved more generic drugs each year during my 3 years in office than any other year in the history of our country. We have also developed a path to allow less expensive prescription drugs to be imported from Canada. Additionally, I ended the terrible gag clauses that prevented pharmacists from telling patients when they could pay less out of pocket by not using their insurance. I have also taken executive action to improve seniors’ access to medical care and to bolster Medicare’s fiscal sustainability by reducing regulatory burdens and eliminating unnecessary barriers. This action puts older Americans first by strengthening the program and helping to ensure its success for years to come.
Our Nation’s older Americans are among the most susceptible to fraud and other financial schemes. To help counter these vile crimes, I have instructed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prioritize protecting older Americans from financial exploitation and use every tool they have to disrupt and prosecute these criminals. Over the last year, DOJ has taken unprecedented action against transnational fraud schemes that target seniors, the networks of “money mules” that move stolen funds from Americans’ bank accounts to overseas fraudsters, and telephone companies that knowingly facilitate billions of fraudulent robocalls. DOJ has also launched an Elder Fraud Hotline (1-833-FRAUD-11) so that America’s seniors can more easily report fraud, find resources, and better protect themselves from this abhorrent criminal behavior.
Older Americans are among those most vulnerable to the ravages of the coronavirus. As they continue to adhere to the special guidance put in place to protect them, we must acknowledge that far too many are facing hardships of loneliness and social isolation. Many families are unable to visit elderly parents and grandparents, and many men and women in retirement and nursing homes have been cut off from personal contact and meaningful social connections. During this precarious and stressful time, we must remember our treasured older adults and recommit to doing what we can to support and care for them. I urge all Americans to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and strangers to extend love, compassion, and encouragement. By delivering food and supplies to the homebound, mailing greeting cards, or using technology to stay connected, we can support our seniors as we defeat the virus. Older Americans know how to overcome. They have done it their whole lives. With the country rallying behind them we can ensure that they can continue to live lives of dignity, joy, and purpose long after the threat of the virus has faded.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, 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 2020 as Older Americans Month. I call upon all Americans to honor our elders, acknowledge their contributions, care for those in need, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to older Americans this month and throughout the year. <\p>
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
To read the full article on the Whitehouse Webpage go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-older-americans-month-2020/
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Farm Market Fresh Program
CEDAR BLUFF, Va. – Low-income seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties may sign up for the Farm Market Fresh program starting May 1, 2020. This Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) administers the program locally.
Individuals who have participated in the program in the past must complete a new application each year. Pre-enrollment is required and is limited, so participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call 276-964-4915 for more information. Applications can be mailed or printed from AASC’s website: www.aasc.org. Applications will be available on May 1, 2020. Farm Market Fresh – also known as Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) – helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. It also supports local farmers and farmers markets in Virginia.
Eligible seniors receive checks worth $45.00 (in $5.00 units) that they may spend with participating certified retail farmers market vendors. Checks will be mailed on June 1 and must be spent by mid-late November, depending on availability of produce. To qualify, seniors must be at least sixty years old and be residents of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell or Tazewell County. They may not live in the same household and may not be an immediate family member of the farmer who grows the produce. Participants must also meet the program’s income requirements. Enrollees may use the coupons to obtain locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, green beans, snap beans, green peppers, lima beans, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons and fresh cut herbs.
Items not eligible for purchase with Farm Market Fresh checks include produce not grown locally, such as oranges, bananas and pineapples; processed foods, such as honey, maple syrup, cider, nuts, meat, bread and cheese; and non-food items, such as flowers and plants. SFMNP is a joint effort by the Virginia Department for the Aging and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.2020 SFMNP Application
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County Donates to AASC to Help Expand Senior Food Outreach
NEWS RELEASE During an emergency meeting of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors on March 30, the board voted to donate $20,000 to Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens to help expand their food program to reach more area seniors. According to Tazewell County Administrator Eric Young, these funds were left in the budget from last year’s efforts to assist laid off coal miners. “There are only a few stipulations that the supervisors wanted in place,” said Young. “To benefit from these funds, individuals must reside in Tazewell County, must be 65 or older and must not currently be receiving services from Appalachian Agency.” Even before Gov. Ralph Northam issued Executive Order #55 on Monday that included a “stay at home order” to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many seniors were afraid to go grocery shopping. This donation will help alleviate that fear. Not only will this donation be used to provide meals, but it can also include meals supplements such as Ensure or Glucerna. “We are extremely grateful that the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors entrusted us with this funding, which will allow Appalachian Agency to expand our nutrition program and provide meals to those seniors who may be afraid to leave their homes,” said AASC Executive Director Regina Sayers. AASC’s Care Coordination Department operates a food pantry and distributes emergency food supplies on a daily basis to clients in need. Many people served by the agency are financially unable to purchase enough food to sustain themselves. AASC operates a nutrition program that provides hot meals two days a week at eight senior nutrition sites located throughout the service area. This equates to 763 meals a month for a total of 133 participants. However, these nutrition sites have been closed due to the coronavirus situation. Appalachian Agency also offers a home-delivered meals program for clients who are unable to leave their homes and are not physically able to cook their meals. Approximately 460 people are served on a monthly basis, totaling 11,000 to 12,000 meals per month. The agency maintains a waiting list for this service due to a lack of funds. This is why donations such as this one from Tazewell County are so important. As a private nonprofit, AASC depends on donations and it is especially important during these uncertain times when area seniors may not have enough food. For more information about this emergency meals program, call Appalachian Agency at 276-964-4915, and ask for the Care Coordination Department.
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