Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

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img-slideshow-sample15-300x146.jpgAging parents, spouses, and seniors: your month is here!  Once again, the month of May has been officially designated as Older Americans Month, and aging parents and others are hereby encouraged to "Get into the Act!"

Originally named Senior Citizens Month, Older Americans Month was established in 1963. The designation of this calendar event is meant to encourage all Americans to reflect on the contributions that seniors make to the country at large and to their communities in particular. It is also an excellent time for aging parents and other seniors to look into the resources that are available to them in their cities and towns.

The Administration on Community Living explains that the theme of "Get into the Act!" was chosen "to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others."

Aging parents: stay involved

More and more seniors "get into the act" in their communities in ways large and small. How can you remain active your local area? Here are a number of possibilities:

  • Take on a role. Many seniors get involved with local theatre groups. You don't have to have to be onstage to help out. Those with no desire to trod the boards can still act as ushers, sell tickets, make costumes, paint scenery, help with publicity, etc.
  • Take on a student. Many community centers and schools offer after school assistance for struggling students. Aging parents who have a knack for explaining grammar or making fractions understandable can use their talents to help children boost their grades.
  • Open a book – socially. Local libraries and senior centers often have book clubs that meet regularly. If none of the centers in your area have such a club, find out whether your local library might be willing to start one, and consider offering to take the lead in organizing it. Books clubs help keep the mind active and provide excellent opportunities for concentrated social engagement.
  • Go to the polls. Come election day, many localities have to struggle to get enough people to work at the polls. Aging parents may want to check with their local election boards to see whether they can offer their services – and get paid in the process.

The above list is only the beginning. There are numerous volunteer and social opportunities in most communities. Seniors are encouraged to explore these during May and to find new ways to "Get into the Act!"



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