May is Older Americans Month- a tradition dating back to 1963 to honor the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and support them as they enter the next stage of life.
This year's Older American Month theme " Age Strong! Live Long!" recognizes the diversity and vitality of today's older Americans who span three generations. They have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications, and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women and disabled Americans.
These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much. But the contributions of older Americans are not only in the past.
While keeping the growing population of older Americans healthy and active will increase the demand for senior services, what is remarkable is the extent to which older Americans themselves are supporting each other. They are making significant contributions in their communities through civic and volunteer opportunities. Their energy and commitment reminds all Americans, not just senior citizens to do their part to enhance the quality of life for older generations.
The annual commemoration of Older Americans Month is our opportunity to recognize the contributions of older citizens and join them in providing services and support that empower the elderly. Americans of all ages and backgrounds can volunteer with programs that improve the lives of older people living in their very own community. Contact Elder Services of Worcester, Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging or the United Way of Central Massachusetts to find out what you can do to strengthen services for older Americans, this month and all year round.