Celebrating Older Americans

posted May 7, 2015, 9:57 AM by Lee Pullen   [ updated Jul 30, 2018, 3:41 PM ]

Communities across the country have celebrated Older Americans’ Month ever since John F. Kennedy, working with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, designated the first one in 1963. The annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older residents.

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. This year's theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.