by Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administration for Community Living Administrator
Every day, all around us, older adults make a positive impact in our communities. As employees, volunteers, mentors, and advocates, they are an integral part of America’s social fabric. Their experience and insights enrich and strengthen our neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.
That’s why ACL takes time each May to honor their valuable contributions and celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). People of all ages can celebrate OAM and help older adults thrive. With the 2019 theme, Connect, Create, and Contribute, ACL invites you to:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation
- Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others
ACL offers information about resources to assist older adults, family members, care providers, organizations, and neighbors connect, create, and contribute. We have also put together a list of suggested activities to celebrate OAM.
We encourage you to Connect, Create, and Contribute for stronger communities this month and throughout the year. Visit acl.gov/oam for ways to get started and watch our blog for upcoming posts that explore ways to connect, create, and contribute in your communities.