Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.
The positive effects of social engagement in the elderly population have become more visible in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected an increase in the labor force participation of Americans age 65 and older — but its projections are still only 21.7% in the year 2024, up from 18.6% in 2014.
Promoting ideas to help your communities to become involved, can honor their contributions to our society and encourage them and every age group with their health and wellness.