Older Americans Month 2016
Older Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. It was later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation.
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a joint proclamation for Older Americans Month in Seattle and King County, urging "public officials, businesses, neighborhood organizations, volunteers, and every resident of Seattle and King County, Washington to take time this month to acknowledge older adults and the people who serve them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribution to our community."
Older Americans Month events and activities will be posted in AgeWise King County in the months leading up to and through May of each year. Additional events may be posted on the Area Agency on Aging calendar. To submit event information, e-mail AgeWise King County editor email@example.com.
Administration on Community Living Resources (ACL)
Theme: The ACL sets the theme for Older Americans Month. The 2016 theme was "Blaze a Trail," acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation and celebrating how older adults take charge of their health, get engaged in their communities, and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Logo: To download a large Older Americans Month logo, visit the ACL's Older Americans Month 2016 Logos webpage.
Badges: The ACL offers several additional graphics for your use during Older Americans Month. Visit their Badge page to select graphics.
Social media: Visit our Pinterest Older Americans Month page.
Activity Suggestions: The ACL and its Administration on Aging encourage community-based organizations and businesses to plan Older Americans Month activities. Their 2016 activity guide offers ideas to help you bring older adults together with others in your community to learn, socialize, and have fun.
General ideas include:
- Community gardening and/or cooking—identify the activities that bring the generations together
- Dancing—support a fun fitness activity and lifelong recreation
- Educational programs for healthy living—encourage lifelong learning
- Film and photography—celebrate images of healthy aging (see the call for films, below)
- Recreational activities for older adults—encourage active living
- Volunteer recognition—honor older adults who make a difference
Whether you choose to host an event, publish an article, or engage others through social media, by focusing on older adults and important aging issues, you are making a positive impact in the lives of Americans of all ages.
2015 Older Americans Month
- Calendar (AgeWise King County, May 2015)
- Healthy Aging Partnership (film screening)
- Seattle Public Library (film screenings)
- Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future (video)
- Proclamation: Governor Jay Inslee
- Proclamation: King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Following are a series of graphics produced by Aging and Disability Services in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act of 1965, which was highlighted during Older Americans Month with the theme "Get Into The Act!"