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By Member Joyce Shry
May 8, 2024

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by a federal agency, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities.

This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and health of older adults. We need to promote resources that help older adults engage, like community events, social clubs, and volunteer opportunities. We need to connect older adults with local services, such as transportation, that can help them overcome obstacles to achieving or maintaining meaningful relationships. And we need to encourage partners to host programs focused on older adult mentors to youth, peer-to-peer support, or similar efforts.

It’s not just about having someone to chat with, it’s about the transformative potential of community engagement in enhancing mental, physical, and emotional well-being. By recognizing and nurturing the role that connectedness plays, we can mitigate issues like loneliness, ultimately promoting healthy aging for more Americans.

This month, we celebrate their immense contributions to our country and stand firm in our efforts to ensure that every American can age with the dignity and financial security that they deserve.” We salute our older Americans this and every month. Extra acknowledgement goes out to our older Americans who continue to support our communities through their combined efforts of volunteering and being the backbone of the fire service.

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