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Older Americans Month

Posted on May 12, 2015

Do you have older friends and family in your life? If so, this is the month to recognize them.

Established in 1963, May is known as Older Americans Month. Only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday and about a third of older Americans lived in poverty at the time.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, especially those who have defended our country. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities as a way to pay tribute to older persons in our communities.

If you have a special older person if you life who doesn’t live nearby you may want to take some time out this month to let them know you’re thinking of them. Send a simple card or a note, take the extra time to make a long-overdue phone call, or send a small token of gratitude and recognition.

Rather than taking them out to dinner, if, for example, they live across the country, send them a Meal Gift to enjoy. You can even arrange to savor the meal together or miles apart via video chat. Spend some time inquiring about their life, both past and present, they’re likely to have some interesting pieces of history to share with you. 

If your older friend or family member lives nearby you may want to check around the area to see if any local agencies are hosting events or activities in observance of Older Americans Month.

For additional information on Older Americans Month, visit www.ncoa.org.




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