Engage at Any Age ~ May is Older Americans Month!

Engage at Any Age ~ May is Older Americans Month!

Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

 

At California Health Advocates, we have the profound pleasure and honor to work with so many deeply committed, engaged, passionate and caring older adults volunteering as Senior Medicare Patrol Liaisons in their communities. They work to empower and educate their peers about Medicare fraud and how to protect themselves, detect and report it. This May is Older Americans Month (OAM) and is a time to celebrate our volunteers and all the older adults in our lives and communities who are making a difference in so many ways!

 

For 55 years, Older Americans Month has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, this year’s OAM theme is “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizing the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.

 

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, being a mentor to students and peers—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.

 

Let’s celebrate the profound difference our older adults make in our families, organizations and communities! Join us in spreading the word, celebrating the elders in your life and remembering to Engage at Every Age!

 

See the Administration for Community Living’s site for more information on Older Americans Month.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.