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 2016. Additional events may be posted on the Area Agency on Aging calendar (click here). To submit event information, e-mail AgeWise King County editor firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration on Community Living Resources (ACL)
Theme: The ACL sets the theme for Older Americans Month. The 2016 theme is "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, click on the logo image at right or visit the ACL's Older Americans Month 2016 Logos webpage.
Badges: The ACL offers several additional graphics for your use during Older Americans Month 2016. Several are shown below. Visit their Badge page to select graphics. PRight-click to save them to your computer.
Social media: Visit our Pinterest Older Americans Month page!
lease use #OAM16 on social media.
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.
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!"
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
2014 Older Americans Month
- Calendar (AgeWise King County, May 2014)
- Healthy Aging Partnership Film Festival (May 6, 2014)
- Healthy Aging Film Festival is Fun for All (AgeWise King County, July 2014)
2013 Older Americans Month
- Calendar (AgeWise King County, May 2013)
- Older Americans Month 2013 (Administration for Community Living)
- Special documentary screening: "Gotta Dance" celebrates Older Americans Month (Seattle)
- History of Older Americans Month (Administration on Aging Archive)
- Observances (Administration for Community Living)