Older Americans Month

OAM LogoEvery year since 1963, the month of May has been a time to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. Celebrating Older Americans Month puts a spotlight on the important role that Older Americans have played for the last 50 years.

Each May, the Aging network leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month. The Aging network designed the 2017 theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today's older adults have to say.

This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Let’s amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. Join us as we speak up for older Americans!

Throughout the month of May, local senior centers will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to access programs, resources, and opportunities that are designed to maximize the independence of older adults in our community.

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.

Last year, President Obama signed the Older Americans Reauthorization Act into law, reaffirming our nation's commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. The Older Americans Act affects everyone- older adults, people who help support older adults, and all of us who hope to one day grow old.

We are delighted to see the Act's its reauthorization, and are deeply grateful for the renewed commitment to preserving the rights of all people, for the full course of their lives. For more than 50 years, the Older Americans Act has helped people live the life they want with the people they choose.

With the help of the Aging network, adults continue to work, play and volunteer in their communities, to the great benefit of all. Because of the Older Americans Act, neighborhoods and organizations across the country are able to continue to draw upon the wealth of knowledge that comes only with life experience.

Older adults are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are giving back and making a difference in their community.

Older adults are stepping up to help one another. Across the country, they connect with others by delivering meals, helping with home repair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

The Older Americans Act underpins a promise to preserve the right to live independently, with dignity, making everyday decisions according to our individual preferences and goals across our lifespan. This promise is more important than ever. In a few short years, more than 77 million people will be over the age of 60, and more than 34 million people- mostly family and friends- will be supporting a loved one who is over 60. These numbers will continue to grow for the next several decades.

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.

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

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