Governor Reeves Declares May as “Older Americans Month” in Mississippi

Jackson, MS – Governor Tate Reeves has designated May as “Older Americans Month” in Mississippi, recognizing the invaluable contributions of older adults while highlighting the importance of supporting their well-being within our communities.

Older Americans are pillars of strength, wisdom, and experience, upholding cherished values and traditions. They play vital roles as devoted family members, trusted friends, mentors, diligent volunteers, and esteemed civic leaders.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) annually commemorates Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound impact of meaningful connections on older adults’ well-being and health.

“It’s not just about having someone to chat with,” said Aging and Adult Service Division Director Kenyada Washington. “It’s about the transformative potential of community engagement in enhancing mental, physical, and emotional well-being.” By recognizing and nurturing connectedness’s role, we can mitigate issues like loneliness, ultimately promoting healthy aging for more Americans.

Governor Tate Reeves expressed deep gratitude, saying, “Our esteemed older Mississippians exemplify the values that have strengthened our communities. We sincerely appreciate their immeasurable contributions as parents, grandparents, and citizens, enriching our great state.”

MDHS is delighted to collaborate with various partners in the aging community to celebrate OAM this year. Throughout the month, a wide range of resources will be available, covering topics such as effective Medicare navigation, access to congregate and home-delivered meals, respite care provision, long-term care ombudsperson services, and simplified application projects for SNAP benefits.

What you can do to connect:

  1. Planning: Seek assistance from MDHS’s SHIP program to plan and navigate the complexities of Medicare effectively. Explore the Respite Care program designed to support caregivers of elderly family members.
  2. Engagement: Familiarize yourself with the State of Mississippi’s Long Term Care Ombudsman to advocate for and protect vulnerable senior adults.
  3. Access: Utilize the simplified application process for SNAP assistance through the elderly application process.
  4. Connection: Engage with congregate feeding sites across the state and participate in the senior companions’ home visitation program. Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and foster a sense of belonging within your community.

Strong communities are built upon the foundations of connectedness. Ensuring the continued involvement and inclusion of older adults in their communities benefits everyone. MDHS invites you to strengthen our community by visiting our website at the Division of Aging & Adult Services – Mississippi Department of Human Services ( Explore various services, including congregate meal sites, home-delivered meals, transportation programs, respite care, and more. Eligibility for these services extends to all elderly Mississippians and Veterans.

For additional information, please visit the official MDHS website at, follow MDHS on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using the hashtag #OlderAmericansMonth.