PLAINFIELD, NJ - Many of the great cultures around the world revere and honor their elders. They recognize that there is nothing more significant than an accumulation of life experiences and knowledge gained the hard way... by living it.
The history of our culture resides in the memories and the hearts of our seniors. There is the history that is written down in books and taught in schools, and there is another history that is taught by our seniors. It's about the rhythm of life; it's about traditions and expectations; about the passage of knowledge from one generation to the next, the evolution of music, the stories passed by word of mouth... These are the gifts given to us by our elders, and they should be cherished and not taken lightly.
Every technology we enjoy, every luxury we indulge in, every breakthrough in medicine is possible because someone who came before us laid the foundation. Someone who came before us was curious, someone who came before us was concerned, someone who came before us wanted to make a better life... not only for themselves but for everyone who would come after them.
More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They're taking charge, fighting for wellness, focused on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. Their expectation is that they will continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they're insisting on changes to make that possible.
This month is Older Americans Month, and the theme is "Aging Out Loud" I am gratified that here in Plainfield, we have a group of active, vocal, involved older citizens, they are unapologetic, energetic, vibrant, committed and proud, and our Queen City is blessed to have them. They are a wellspring of knowledge and experience, and they often share insights that I would typically not get from any other group. We've seen over the past few decades that, what it means to age has changed, and we must continue to support our older community members and raise awareness of vital aging issues.
I enjoy the time I spend with our older residents, and this month I take pride in honoring and celebrating their contributions, their lives, and their legacy. Once again, they are paving the way for those of us who follow behind. They are an integral part of our diverse family, and we will continue to support them as they age with grace.
Creating One Plainfield, One Future...
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield