Forsyth County Aging Services Planning Committee

The goal of the FCASPC is to create a senior friendly community in Forsyth. The Committee brings together older adults in the community, caregivers, service providers and public service representatives to work together to provide support and services for older adults in Forsyth County. Meetings are held every 3rd Friday of the month at 9:00am, at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem. For more information, call (336)703-3883 or 703-3870.

Here you will find information about:

  • Our committee and subcommittees
  • Aging agencies, information & resources in Forsyth County
  • Events hosted by us and our partner agencies
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Weekly E-News, which features items of interest to those in the gerontology field, as well as announcements of upcoming events and opportunities for adults, caregivers, and those who serve them.

All of our meetings are open to the public and we encourage members of our community to get involved in our committee and its subcommittees. Explore our website to learn how you can join us in our endeavor to make Forsyth County a great place to call home.

History of Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy's meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter's 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called "Older Americans Month," and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

Presidential Proclamation -- Older Americans Month, 2015




In America, every person who is willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to build a life of opportunity and prosperity. We learned this simple truth from our oldest generation -- the women and men who relentlessly pursued progress throughout the 20th century. Drivers of enormous change, they have enriched our Nation and bravely defended the values we cherish; they have broken down barriers and blazed pathways for all who followed; and they have raised us all and endowed us with a freer, fairer, more equal world.

After a lifetime of contributions, they have earned our care and respect, and they deserve to live out their years with dignity and independence. Our Nation is strongest when older Americans live comfortably in their golden years and have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the fabric of the country and society they helped to shape. This month, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of our elders, and we reaffirm our belief that the promise of our Nation extends to Americans of all ages.

The United States is entering a new era, and the face of our Nation is growing older and more diverse. For the next 15 years, thousands of Americans will reach retirement age every day, and by 2030, there will be more than twice as many older Americans as there were at the beginning of this century. This growing population is a tremendous national asset. By changing the way we think and talk about aging -- by focusing on the opportunities of aging rather than the limitations -- we can work to maximize the potential of this generation and ensure they continue to thrive as they age.

To address the changing landscape of aging and advance policies that help older Americans pursue their fullest measure of happiness, this summer my Administration will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. By connecting older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts, the Conference is an important chance to continue our efforts to safeguard retirement security, promote healthy aging, provide long-term services and support, and protect older Americans from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. For decades, these landmark achievements have stood as pillars of economic opportunity for millions of Americans and reflected the promise we make to our seniors. As President, I have worked tirelessly to strengthen these programs. Throughout the last half-century, the Older Americans Act has empowered older Americans by upholding their rights and supporting social and nutrition services, as well as a nationwide network of employment, training, and research programs. These vital services help millions of seniors across our Nation. I am also proud of the progress we have made during my Administration to improve Medicare, which provides essential health care and security for older Americans. And I am committed to further strengthening Medicare by bolstering access to care for beneficiaries, encouraging better outcomes, and improving long-term sustainability.

Social Security is one of the most important and successful programs ever established in the United States, and we must make certain it is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in the future. I am fighting to ensure any reforms will protect retirement security for the most vulnerable, including low-income seniors, and maintain the robust disability and survivors' benefits that help families after they have paid into the system. To build on this legacy, I started the myRA program, a new type of savings account that provides additional pathways for Americans to build their nest egg, and I have called for new rules to require financial advisors to put their clients' interests before their own -- ensuring all who responsibly prepare for retirement receive the best advice possible.

Our elders forged a bright future for all our Nation's children, and they deserve the best America has to offer. As heirs to their proud legacy, we must reach for the world they have made possible. During Older Americans Month, we lift up all those whose life's work has made ours a little easier, and we recommit to showing them the fullest care, support, and respect of a grateful Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Older Americans Month. I call upon all Americans of all ages to acknowledge the contributions of older Americans during this month and throughout the year.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Aging Facts

  • When does old age begin? 18-29 year olds say 60; 65+ year olds say 74.
  • In 1950 there were 8 working-age people for each person 65+; in 2050 there will
    only be 3.
  • 75% of older adults age 65+ have annual incomes (including social security) of
    less than $34,000.
  • If you reach the age of 65, you have an 80% chance of living until at least 85.
  • Half of adults 65+ are online.
  • Only 1 in 5 cases of elder abuse and neglect are reported.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries to people over 65 in North Carolina.
  • In 2025 1 in 4 North Carolinians will be 60 and older.
  • Winston-Salem is consistently sited as one of the best and most affordable
    places to retire in the USA.
  • 95,027 grandparents are responsible for minor grandchildren throughout the
    state (2010 census).
  • By 2030, 70 of North Carolina's 100 counties will have more people over age
    60 than under age 18.
  • 15% of North Carolinians age 65+ are employed.
  • 82% of North Carolinians age 65+ own their own homes