Older Americans Month (OAM) was established in 1963. It is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living, this year’s theme, Aging Unbound, provides an opportunity to explore a variety of experiences. In addition, it promotes the importance of enjoying independence and finding a purpose that enhances your life.
As OAM celebrates its 60th Anniversary, it continues to challenge the narrative on aging. Here are some ways we can all take part in Aging Unbound:
- Embrace the opportunity to change. Firstly, find a new passion. Then, go on an adventure. Push boundaries by not letting age define your limits. At the same time, invite creativity and purpose into your life. Additionally, try new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy, energy, and laughter.
- Recognize the benefits of growing older. With age comes knowledge and wisdom. In fact, this allows you to experience your world on a deeper level. Through continued education – reading, listening, attending classes, travel and other activities – you are able to enhance your quality of life.
- Stay engaged in your community. Everyone benefits when we all stay connected and involved. Therefore, get active by volunteering, working, mentoring, participating in social clubs. Lastly, take part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community.
- Develop relationships. Strong relationships and staying social are key ingredients of aging well. Invest time with people to discover meaningful connections with family, friends, and community members.
For more information, visit the official OAM website.