Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May, to acknowledge the contributions that senior citizens have made to this nation. The Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), leads out in this annual observance. The theme for this year is 'Engage at Every Age' - it emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.
Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!
Below are some links that can help you plan activities and events to recognize and honor older adults in your community:
The Selfie Challenge - participate in the Selfie Challenge to show how you're engaging in activities that improve your mental and physical well-being. Post your selfie on social media with the hashtag #OAM18, and share with your peers.
OAM Events - celebrate Older Americans Month by organizing events in your community (Celebratory, Volunteer, Educational).
OAM Story Ideas - get older adults to share their stories and life experiences with the community.
OAM Resources - here you can find some helpful information on topics such as health, aging, careers, security, voluntary work, and etc.