Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the country in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). OAM has been observed for 60 years as an opportunity to acknowledge the various ways that older people, both past and present, have contributed to society. Every president since John F. Kennedy has released a proclamation each year to recognize Older Americans Month and to pay tribute to older adults across the country (Click here to read the proclamation issued by President Biden for this year’s Older Americans Month!)
This year’s OAM theme is “Aging Unbound” which, according to the ACL, “offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.” The ACL encourages folks to
participate in Aging Unbound by:
● Embracing the opportunity to change. Go on an adventure, develop a new passion, and push any boundaries by not allowing age to determine your limits.
● Exploring the rewards of growing older. We all are lifeline learners, and with age there is opportunity for more knowledge! You can do this through listening, taking classes, reading, and creative activities. Older folks have the confidence and insights to experience and understand the world more deeply. Being able to age is a privilege, take advantage of it!
● Staying engaged with your community. When the community is connected and lots of people are involved in the community, everyone is able to benefit from one another and help one another. You can stay engaged and active in your community by mentoring, attending events at your local senior center, volunteering, and participating in social clubs.
● Forming relationships. Human relationships are an essential aspect of well-being and can enhance your quality of life by exposing you to new and different ideas and perspectives. Take the time to develop deeper connections with family, friends, and community members.
If you’re interested in more information on Older Americans Month, click here to go to the ACL’s website, where you can find more information on 2023’s Older Americans Month and information on past Older Americans Months!