Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims May as Older Americans Month
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court Tuesday recognized the value that older Americans bring to the lives of Hays County residents and proclaimed the month of May “Older Americans Month.” According to the July 2015 U.S. Census estimate, Hays County is home to some 20,000 residents age 65 or older.
Hays County Assistant Veteran Services Officer Miles Nelson, who is a member of the Capital Area Council of Government’s (CAPCOG) Aging Advisory Council, told the Court that the council’s members seek to find solutions for older Americans’ concerns and help provide healthy, affordable and independent living for them.
He noted that while in 2010 8.5 percent of the county’s population was 60 years old it has risen to 10 percent today and the percentage of 75-year-olds has increased from 3.3 to 3.7 percent of the population, and those numbers are expected to increase.
“We have a responsibility to support and assist the Americans who shaped the country in which we live today,” Nelson said. “Today’s proclamation is a reminder of the profound impact that our more experienced citizens have in our lives every day. It’s a reminder to offer support, friendship and assistance.”
Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., encouraged residents “to visit someone you know in a rest home or nursing home or a shut-in, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, or give someone a ride to health care.”
The proclamation notes that Hays County is committed to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence. The entire proclamation can be viewed here.
For more information about ageing services in the CAPCOG region, visit www.capcog.org or call 512-916-6062. If you have concerns or complaints about services for older Americans or ideas about how to make things better for older Americans, email Hays County volunteer contacts Miles Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Berghammer-Miller at email@example.com.
Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., CAPCOG Aging Advisory Council member and Hays County Assistant Veteran Services Officer Miles Nelson, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant support the value that older adults bring to everyone’s lives while proclaiming May as Older Americans Month in Hays County.