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Celebrating Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 and has been observed annually each May. It is a time to recognize the contributions of older Americans, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitment to serving the elderly.


Prior to its inception, only 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthday, one third of older Americans lived in poverty, and few social assistance programs existed. A meeting between President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens in April of 1963 would lead to “Senior Citizens Month,” later to be changed to Older Americans Month. In 1965, President Johnson signed the Older Americans Act which supports a wide range of social services and programs for adults age 60 and older.


Powered by Connection is the theme for 2024, which according to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. 


Here are ways older adults can stay connected:


-          Join a club, try taking a class or engage in activities through your community


-          Engage in your community by volunteering, teaching or mentor the youth

-          Build new connections and foster stronger bonds with family, friends, neighbors or colleagues


We would like to acknowledge all seniors during Older Americans Month and every day! How do you plan to celebrate? Leave a comment!

 

 




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