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Celebrate Aging Unbound with Older Americans Month in May

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the federal 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 adults.

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.  “Older adults are vital to our communities in so many ways,” said Roseann Martoccia, WMEC Executive Director.  “Whether you are working, volunteering, caring for a loved one, helping with grandchildren or playing pickle ball with friends, we thank you for all you do for others.  Stay active, do the things you love and enjoy your time.”

Join WMEC this May 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.

The simple fact is, we are all aging, every single day, so why not embrace it?  Be thankful for another day, another year, another decade.  Don’t just age – age unbound!