Celebrate Older Americans Month Today!
Every month is a great time to show your support and respect for America’s seniors. However, thanks to the Administration for Community Living, May is being celebrated as “Older Americans Month.”
The annual event dates back to President John F. Kennedy who designated May as Senior Citizens Month. The name of the celebration was changed to Older American Month in an effort to celebrate all the many contributions made by older people.
This year’s theme is “Get Into the Act” and is being celebrated in communities around New Jersey with ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities including poster contests for school children.
Here are some great ideas of ways you, your family or your group can “Get Into the Act” and celebrate older Americans this month and throughout the year:
Healthy Living Programs – As we age, we all have the same challenges ahead of us. This is a great time to educate the public about common conditions associated with aging as well as ways to stay healthy.
Get Back to Nature – Any activity that can bring generations together is a great way to celebration Older Americans Month. Plant a community garden, host a picnic, hold a walk for the entire community – young and older.
Go Dancing! – Older Americans may have their own dance moves but when we’re on the dance floor we are all the same! Dancing is great for promoting fitness, too!
Picture This – Invite members of the community to share photos from days gone by and create an exhibit in the local library. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your communities seniors while bringing families together.
Celebrate Volunteerism – Many older Americans regularly volunteer throughout our communities. Host a recognition event to honor volunteers who make a difference.
Older Americans have something that younger folk don’t – perspective about how times have changed. Take the time to sit down and talk to an aging relative, neighbor or visit a nursing home. Guaranteed, you’ll make someone’s day!