President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. Every President since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition. Here are some convenient truths about older Americans.

46.2 million
The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2014. This group accounted for 14.5% of the total population. The 65 and older population grew from 44.7 million in 2013.
Source: 2014 Population Estimates.

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