MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH
Every May, the Administration for Community Living observes Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Communities of Strength.” This is a time to celebrate the strength of older adults with a special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities. There are many things we can all do to nurture ourselves and connect with others. It all plays a vital role in our health and well-being!
Older adults are a key source of strength. Through their experiences, successes and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too. Strength is built and shown, not only by bold acts, but also small ones of day-to-day life... a conversation shared with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for yourself on a busy day. When we share these activities with others (even virtually) we help them build resilience too.
Here are some ways to share and connect:
- Look for joy in the everyday: celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures, start a gratitude journal, call a friend or family member to share a happy moment
- Reach out to neighbors: leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores or deliver a home-cooked meal
- Build new skills: take an online class or find an opportunity to teach someone else
- Share your story: reminisce with family, swap stories with friends and check-in with neighbors
- Hold a distanced outdoor event: seeing other people in person (even from a distance) can offer a richer sense of connection and community
- Volunteer your time: there are many people and organizations that would benefit from even an hour of your time
When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities and talents share experiences, through action, story or service - we help build strong communities. That's definitely something to celebrate!