After meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, Pres. John F. Kennedy designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, a time to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, Pres. Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month.
The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2012. This group made up 13.7 percent of the population.