How Will You Celebrate Older Americans Month this May?
Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month. This year’s theme—Age My Way!—recognizes that older adults want to and often do remain living and involved in their communities. Planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place, and what each person needs and prefers is unique.
Aging and Disability Services—a division of the Seattle Human Services Department that serves older people, adults with disabilities, and caregivers throughout Seattle and King County in a multitude of ways—encourages its partner organizations and all community members to recognize and celebrate older people throughout the month of May. Plan now to incorporate Older Americans Month into programs and activities throughout May.
Following are ways to celebrate Older Americans Month that will help strengthen our families and our communities:
- Look for Older Americans Month information in the May 2022 issue of AgeWise King County.
- Visit the Age Friendly Seattle events page and our online calendar to learn about free online events open to the public. Want to add to our calendar? E-mail event details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Plan your own event, ensuring health and safety. Read planning tips here.
- Share Older Americans Month social media posts about the importance of older people in your family, neighborhood, and community. See the colorful #OlderAmericansMonth images available online for inspiration, and use the ones that are a good fit for your post.
- Reach out to an older person in your life and learn more about their life story. Better yet, help them record it in writing, photos and/or video. For tips, read “Engage the Generations to Make Holiday Memories and Celebrate Traditions,” an AgeWise article by Keri Pollock.
We look forward to doing even more in the years to come to celebrate older people throughout our community—not just during Older Americans Month but throughout each and every year.