Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

Apr 17, 2019

As the Administration for Community Living points out, “Older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks and lives.” May is Older Americans Month, and the Long Beach Island Health Department emphasizes this year’s theme – Connect, Create, Contribute – to area residents.

The theme, as the ACL notes, encourages older adults and their communities to “connect with friends, family and services that support participation; create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment; and contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.”

According to the health department, “With all the ways to communicate in the world today, with a little effort, it’s easy to stay connected to friends and family members that mean the most to you. Likewise, there are many local resources available to our older adults and those programs are waiting for your participation.”

The department also encourages older adults to explore the arts with, perhaps, a class; or to walk a trail or participate in a fitness program, as “physical activity and continuous learning are key to healthy aging.”

Lastly, the department states, “Our older adults have so much to contribute! They have lived longer and experienced more than us. We can all benefit from seniors volunteering in their community,” whether reading to children at a library, volunteering at a food bank or helping to create or expand a local program.

Check out acl.gov/sites/default/files/oam/2019/OAMResources.pdf for a list of resources offering support and services for older adults. — J.K.-H.

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