The month of May has long been designated as the month to honor all older Americans. It is my extreme pleasure to take a moment to acknowledge the many exceptional older Americans who live in my district.
Today's proverbial senior citizen is staying active both mentally and physically. The lifestyle of the active adult ensures they age well - and do so gracefully and with dignity. Their accomplishments remind our younger generation that their grandparents and great-grandparents can enjoy whatever age they happen to be, that they will no longer be relegated to slowing down and being satisfied with the status quo.
Employers recognize the value of older workers. They are committed, loyal, reliable and often outperform younger workers. The generation gap is narrowing with America's population understanding and appreciating the many contributions our senior adults have made. In this month of May, my fellow older Americans should take a well-deserved bow.
The senior citizen of today lives his or her life with purpose and fulfillment.
"Never look back on what was, but look forward to what is to be." (Annette Robbins)
MARC W. BUTLER
New York state assemblyman