Written by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging team
It’s time to celebrate the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. Across the country, older Americans 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 enrich their communities by working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
For 55 years, Older Americans Month has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), every May offers a special opportunity to hear from, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, not matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old — or too young — to participate in activities than can enrich your health and wellbeing.
In honor of Older American’s Month, we will highlight various topics related to aging and older adults on the Institute for Public Health’s blog. Posts will include topics of interest to Washington University faculty, staff, and students; how individuals and organizations are promoting health, security, engagement and purpose in theirs and others lives; as well as how experiences in older age, like other times in life, are affected by our programs, policies, and environments.
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