Carbon County has over 14,000 older citizens.

On Thursday, the county commissioners recognized those individuals. During the board's weekly meeting, the commissioners adopted a proclamation proclaiming May as Older American Month.

The proclamation states, "The older adults in Carbon County are the roots from which are community grows, who bestows gifts of wisdom and insight upon younger generations, and strengthen the bonds between neighbors to create a better place to live. ... The older adults in Carbon County should be commended for their role in creating and bolstering the fiber of our community and nation.

"Our community can provide the recognition and respect by enriching the quality of life for older Americans by increasing their opportunities to remain in their communities as active and engaged citizens, providing services, technologies, and support systems that allow seniors to foster and maintain connections within the community, (and) emphasizing the value of elders by publicly recognizing their contributions to the diversity, strength, and unity of our community.

"Therefore, we the commissioners of Carbon County do hereby proclaim May 2011 to be Older American Month. We urge every citizen to take time this month to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members, and volunteers who care for them. Our recognition of older Americans and their involvement in our lives can help us achieve stronger and more meaningful connections with each other and enrich our community's quality of life."

The board then presented the proclamation to Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging.

She thanked the board and explained that the agency is holding the 23rd annual Carbon County Senior Games in conjunction with Older American Month.

"It's an honor to stand here as the administrator of the aging office," Santore said. "There are a lot of people out there helping older adults stay in their home and that wouldn't be possible without the support of the commissioners' office and the administrative staff."

On Tuesday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, read the proclamation to the 185 seniors participating in the senior games during the opening ceremonies. At that time, he thanked the men and women who live in Carbon County for all they have done over the years.