May Is Older American Month
Celebrating the contributions of older adults.
It is more important than ever to recognize the contributions of older adults in our lives and all around the world.
We celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM) to acknowledge the past and ongoing contributions — economic, political, cultural, and artistic, to name a few — of older adults to our communities and our country as a whole.
Beginning in 1963 and led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers opportunities to learn about, support and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Make Your Mark,” was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make — in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.
From 97 year old Betty White to 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.
While living in these uncertain times and amidst the constraints that COVID-19 has brought to all of us, let’s not forget the many wonderful learnings that older adults bring to all of us. We encourage one and all to share incredible life stories.