Older adults are a growing and vital part of our country. The contributions older Americans make to our communities are varied and deeply rooted. Older adults hold influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.
Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month (OAM), a time to celebrate the contributions of this important part of our community. In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by designating the month of May as Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens.
This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.
Celebrating Senior Heroes & Raising Awareness
While Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) provides crucial support to older adults year-round, this month is a time to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others. OAM is a time to learn how we can support them and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own.
SRC will kick off the month with a reading of a proclamation in support of OAM by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. This takes place Tuesday, May 10th at 8:00am in the Jefferson County Administration Building, Hearing Room 1. We’ll have a display at the Jefferson County Administration Building throughout the month.
On May 12, we’ll once again honor our Senior Heroes. We are so proud to co-sponsor this annual event where we recognize the contributions of neighbors who are 60 and over. Older adults in our community are truly blazing a trail with their volunteering. Their amazing generosity of spirit and resources never fails to inspire us. Register for Senior Heroes 2016 today!
To learn more about Older Americans Month visit: www.oam.acl.gov
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