Older Americans Month

OAM LogoEach May, the Aging network leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month. The Aging network’s 2021 theme, Communities of Strength, emphasizes that older adults cultivate the strength in communities, as well as celebrates connection among community members. This month focuses on the importance of showing support for our older adult neighbors, friends, and family, and raises awareness of available resources for seniors that can strengthen a community.

After more than a year of social distancing and business and senior center closings, older adults have missed family gatherings, normal everyday outings, holiday celebrations, and many other activities. The result has been increased depression, loneliness, and social isolation among older adults. This year, the month of May has been a month of hope for older adults. With increased vaccinations and the movement of Illinois to Phase 5 of the Reopening Plan, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. June 11th may bring more normalcy to our lives as restrictions are lifted. Senior centers have been reopening without onsite meal service. Senior centers, with appropriate safety measures, have been advised they can reopen by July 1st if they can adhere to reopening criteria set by the state. Movement in a positive direction has begun.

Older Americans Month is our opportunity to show our appreciation and support for older adults as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Help us celebrate Older Americans Month. Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older adults bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric. Check on older adults who have been social distancing and encourage them to get out as places open back up.

With the help of the aging network, adults continue to work, play, and volunteer in their communities to the great benefit of everyone. Because of the aging network, neighborhoods and organizations across the country are able to continue to draw upon the wealth of knowledge that comes only with life experience. We hope support older adults in your community and offer support, as their contribution to strengthening our communities is priceless.

Call your local senior center for more information about their activities and programs for senior adults.

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