OLDER AMERICANS MONTH
Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation.
While raising families and building careers, older Americans also gave back to their communities in a variety of ways. In their lifetime, times have changed and they continue to volunteer and serve their neighborhoods in their own ways. Whether they mentored child, volunteered at a soup kitchen or served their country, each one deserves recognition for their commitment.
Older Americans Month also serves to raise awareness concerning elder abuse and neglect. As we age, the risk of abuse and neglect increases. We must be sure resources are in place to protect our older population from the risks of abuse and neglect. One way is to maintain involvement in community activities and social activities. It helps to maintain our overall health and vitality.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take part in Older Americans Month no matter what your age. Get involved and learn more by visiting oam.acl.gov. Use #OlderAmericansMonth to share on social media.
President Gerald Ford proclaimed Older Americans Month in 1976.
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