Celebrating Older Americans Month: Powered by Connection

Celebrating Older Americans Month: Powered by Connection

May is a month to celebrate the older Americans in our country and honor their lives and the accomplishments they still have ahead of them.

Established in 1963 and celebrated every May, older Americans Month (OAM) is led by a federal agency, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities.

This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and health of older adults — a relationship underscored by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community.

 

How can community groups, businesses, and organizations celebrate OAM?

· Spread the word about the mental, physical, and emotional health benefits of social connection through professional and personal networks.

· Encourage social media followers to share their thoughts and stories of connection using hashtag #PoweredByConnection to inspire and uplift.

· Promote opportunities to engage, like cultural activities, recreational programs, and interactive virtual events.

· Connect older adults with local services, such as counseling, that can help them overcome obstacles to meaningful relationships and access to support systems.

· Host connection-centric events or programs where older adults can serve as mentors to peers, younger adults, or youths.

 

What can individuals do to connect?

· Invite more connection into your life by finding a new passion, joining a social club, taking a class, or trying new activities in your community.

· Stay engaged in your community by giving back through volunteering, working, teaching, or mentoring.

· Invest time with people to build new relationships and discover deeper connections with your family, friends, colleagues, or neighbors.

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