National Older Americans Month
May is National Older Americans Month – and each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around the North Texas area. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.
In a world that is constantly looking forward to the next new thing, it is important to remember that older members of our population are our history. They have actually lived history that we can only read about in books or watch after they have been adapted into a documentary. Their diverse experiences and time-tested wisdom guide younger generations, connect them with our country’s history, and empower them with the confidence to face the future. One way to honor older people in our lives is to celebrate Old Americans Month each May.
Older Americans enhance our lives in immeasurable ways.
They devote themselves to their families and lend their experience to the workplace and community. In every context, they deepen our appreciation for country, they model selfless service to others, and they remain vibrant and contributing contributors in the American experience.
Older Americans are valuable members of our communities.
They have poured their lives into our country in ways seen and unseen — often at great personal sacrifice. To current generations and to those of the future, they have given a country whose greatness is incomparable, and which is only growing stronger. During Older Americans Month, we honor these Americans, we remember their countless contributions, and we proudly renew our abiding commitment to their well-being.
For 2019, the ACL has set a theme to help younger generations better recognize the older Americans in their sphere of influence. That theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The goal is to encourage older adults to connect with family, friends and support services; express their creativity by getting engaged into activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and contributing with their time, talent, and personal experiences for the benefit of others.
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults grow together, become stronger, and thrive much longer. This kind of engagement helps identify the key role older adults play in their neighborhoods and the lives of the people with whom they interact.
You can learn more about #OAM19 and how to #ConnectCreateContribute by learning more at www.acl.gov. Together, our community is stronger through engagement with older adults.