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 57 years.

The Aging network’s 2020 theme, "Make Your Mark", emphasizes the importance of making a difference in the life of a senior. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults continue to make their mark in our communities.

In 2020, older adults have faced new challenges as Covid-19 has affected time with professional care providers, family, and friends. Accessing food and other necessities has become more complicated, with stay at home orders and changing recommendations on the safest course of action.

Older Adults continue to persevere. Volunteers at senior centers have continued making sure our local seniors are fed through pick-up or home delivered meals, despite being subject to the same concerns as others their age. Volunteers in the RSVP program have continued to help out at food pantries and soup kitchens, with many not getting a day off. Volunteers in RSVP have joined with Letters Against Isolation to write letters to homebound seniors to ease loneliness. Older adults continue to inspire and make a difference every day. Now is a good time to remember older adults for what they provide, but also to keep in mind that there are older adults who may need something from us.

During normal times, the month of May is a time of celebration at our local senior centers, including a variety of festivities, special activities, and events. In addition, local senior centers provide information on how to access programs, resources, and opportunities that are designed to maximize the independence of older adults in our community. For now, activities will be postponed, but the assistance will still be available, just in a different way.

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. This is the time to Make Your Mark in the life of a senior, while also reaping the benefits of the marks older adults have made in our communities.

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

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