Older Americans Month
Each year in May, we commemorate Older Americans Month (OAM) to encourage and recognize the countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents enrich the lives of those around them. The theme is Aging Unbound, which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. This year, DHSS will focus on promoting flexible thinking about aging-and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included.
This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.
We are recognizing the 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month and we challenge people to change the narrative on aging. Here are some ways we can all participate in Aging Unbound.
- Embrace the opportunity to change. Find a new passion, go on an adventure, and push boundaries by not letting age define your limits. Invite creativity and purpose into your life by trying new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy, and energy.
- Explore the rewards of growing older. With age comes knowledge, which provides insight and confidence to understand and experience the world more deeply. Continue to grow that knowledge through reading, listening, classes, and creative activities.
- Stay engaged in your community. Volunteer. Everyone benefits when everyone is connected and involved. Stay active by volunteering, working, mentoring, participating in social clubs, and taking part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community. For more information, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
- Form relationships. As an essential ingredient of well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life by introducing new ideas and unique perspectives. Invest time with people to discover deeper connections with family, friends, and community members.
DHSS is excited to celebrate OAM with our partners in the aging community. Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone.
- Click here for photos from the Senior Resource Fair at the Capital Mall.
Submit your community event to DSDSOfficeOfConstituentServices@health.mo.gov
- Older Americans Month Proclamation (coming soon)
- Social Media Messages
- Sample Articles
- Activity Ideas
Don’t forget to share your #OlderAmericansMonth plans and stories on social media.