Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.
This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age. This May, join us as we recognize the 60th anniversary of OAM and challenge 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. 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.
- 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.
To celebrate Older American Month in Northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD), in partnership with other state, regional and local organizations and businesses, is hosting the 2023 Northern Kentucky Senior Games presented by Encompass Health. The Senior Games encourage Northern Kentuckians ages 50 and over to engage in spirited competition and exercise through many different games and events. Planned for venues throughout the region, the Senior Games run May 1st through May 24th. For additional information on the games and how to register, visit https://www.nkadd.org/2023-northern-kentucky-senior-games/.
For more information, visit the official OAM website, follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #OlderAmericansMonth.
For local resources, visit the NKADD website, follow NKADD on Facebook and Twitter, or contact our local Aging and Disability Resource Center at 859.692.2480 (Toll-free 1.866.766.2372) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm!