|Rep. Ronald G. Waters
191st Legislative District
Delaware and Philadelphia counties
Waters honors oldest living Pennsylvanian and other 'Older Americans'
Waters honors oldest living Pennsylvanian and other ‘Older Americans’
HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, D-Phila./Delaware, Democratic Caucus secretary, was joined Tuesday by Anna B. Henderson, the oldest living person in the state, as the House adopted his resolution (H.R. 281), recognizing May as Older Americans Month in Pennsylvania.
Henderson is 113 years old, nine years older than the main Capitol building where she was honored, and she was joined by her family in the chamber of the House, where she arose to great applause when recognized by the speaker.
"It was quite an honor to have Anna and her family here in Harrisburg. Communities in Philadelphia lean very heavily on their matriarchs, and there are very few things that Anna Henderson hasn’t seen or heard in her 113 years on this earth," Waters said.
Waters’ resolution designates May as Older Americans Month, a month-long celebration that Waters described as "a proud tradition that shows Pennsylvania’s commitment to honoring the value that elders contribute to our communities."
"We should consider it our duty and honor to assist older citizens as they make the types of lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of disease, disability and injury," Waters said.
"We should help provide the tools they need to make informed decisions about the existing health and long-term care options available because our goal should be to provide more options for seniors in order to ensure that they can remain in their homes as long as possible before turning to outside care," he added.
The national theme for Older Americans Month this year is "Unleashing the Power of Age."
"We plan to highlight the significant contributions made by thousands of older Americans across this nation," Waters said.
"I hope that this month will serve as a reminder that older Americans are not burdens to society; rather, I hope that people will realize that these elders play vital roles in helping to keep our traditions sacred, steering younger generations in the right direction and guiding us all into the future with wisdom."