Every year since 1963, the federal Administration on Aging has designated the month of May as “ Older Americans Month” to celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to the community. This year’s theme for Senior Day 2014 was Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives. The City of Cleveland proudly joins in this national celebration and embraces the theme as Cleveland seniors are one of our greatest resources.
Seventeen outstanding seniors, one from each ward, were honored by Mayor Frank G Jackson and each of the 17 City Council Members. These individuals represent the thousands of local seniors who continue to devote their time and efforts to make Cleveland a great place to live, to work, raise a family and grow older. Musical performances included the TOPS Swing Band and dance entertainment from senior participants of the Cleveland recreation centers and other senior programs.