Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living, Older Americans Month is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.
This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore the range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.
This month our communities recognize the 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month and challenge the narrative of aging! Here are some ways we can all participate in Aging Unbound:
- Embrace the opportunity to change. Find a new passion, go on an adventure, and push boundaries by not letting age define your limits. Invite creativity and purpose into your life by trying new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy and energy.
- Explore the rewards of growing older. With age comes knowledge, which provides insight and confidence to understand and experience the world more deeply. Continue to grow that knowledge through reading, listening, classes and creative activities.
- Stay engaged in your community. Everyone benefits when everyone is connected and involved. Stay active by volunteering, working, mentoring, participating in social clubs and taking part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community.
- Form relationships. As an essential ingredient of well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life by introducing new ideas and unique perspectives. Invest time with people to discover deeper connections with family, friends and community members.
As much as we love celebrating Older Americans Month, we also embrace the bulleted points everyday at both our communities! The main focus of our Life Enrichment program is the Six Dimensions of Wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. Whether through a formal lecture, a casual coffee klatch or just meeting new neighbors, life at our community can help keep YOU Aging Unbound!