May is Older Americans Month. This is a celebration of the contributions older Americans have made and their stories. Older Americans month is led by the Administration for Community Living. It gives everyone a chance to learn about and recognize older citizens. Since 1963, this celebration of older Americans has shown us what an inspiration seniors can be. Seniors are inspiring people with their confidence in trying new things and teaching others.
The theme for 2017 is “Age Out Loud.” Aimed to show how seniors are an example to everyone with the way they lead their lives. Getting older has changed. It now means a different phase of life where interests and goals can be emphasized. Older Americans are now an example to citizens of all ages with their confident way of living.
Through the month of May, the Department of Aging will have various activities going on. They will share information and stories on some amazing older citizens.
A few examples of some amazing older Americans:
- Cancer survivor, Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole – at the age of 75!
- At 69, Ed Whitlock from Milton, Ontario became the oldest person to run a standard marathon in under three hours.
We are now living longer and healthier lives. As seniors, we are more active. We are more interested and engaged in our communities. We are staying independent longer. Seniors are becoming major influencers in our towns and cities.
Do you know an amazing senior?
This year, look for someone in your community that stands out as they age. What have they done to contribute? Are there examples in other communities that you have heard about? Many communities are holding local celebrations for older Americans in their area. These celebrations show how to Age Out Loud! For more information on celebrating Age Out Loud, click here.