Older Americans Month is recognized during the month of May every year. Do you know the history of Older Americans Month? It began in 1963 after a group of advocates (the National Council of Senior Citizens) met with President John F. Kennedy. The president recognized May as Senior Citizens Month, which was ultimately changed to Older Americans Month. The Administration of Community Living oversees the observance of Older Americans Month.
For 2023, the theme is Aging Unbound. This theme encompasses diverse aging experiences and how to combat stereotypes of older individuals.
This month is significant for older Americans as we recognize their significant contributions and celebrate their diversity. It is a month to unite as a community and honor older adults.
This year is the 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month. Aging Unbound is a timely theme to represent that we all have created different paths as we age, and it is also a time to celebrate the independence and wisdom of older Americans. This is a step in stomping out ageism. There is joy in the journey, and every journey is different as we age.
The Administration for Community Living recommends ways to participate in Aging Abound.
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.
(Administration for Community Living, 2023)
Jamie Lee Curtis exemplifies Aging Abound, “This word anti-aging has to be struck… “I am pro-aging. I want to age with intelligence, and grace, and dignity, and verve, and energy.”
Follow Durable Assistance & Consulting as we celebrate aging with dignity, independence, and improved quality of life. We know life is better at home and are excited to join you on your journey. Stay strong!
Julie Leith, LMSW, MBA
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist