Celebrate Older Americans Month

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In 1963, a meeting between President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as Senior Citizens Month—the prelude to Older Americans Month.  At that time, one-third of the 17 million Americans ages 65 and older, lived in poverty and the support and social programs to meet their needs were lacking.

Now led by the Administration for Community Living, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation and generates interest and support for their well-being.  Since the first Baby Boomer reached age 65 in 2011, there are more than 54 million Americans ages 65 and older today.

The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. While Age My Way looks different for each person, here are some common things everyone can consider:
Planning: Think about what community-based services and activities you’d need/want in the future.
Engagement: Remain involved in your community through working, volunteering and/or civic participation opportunities.
Access: Make home improvements and modifications to help you better age in place.
Connection: Stay connected to your community by maintaining social activities and relationships.

Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring older adults remain involved and included in our community benefits everyone.