Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age
Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities
that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience
with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re
working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans
and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s
Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our
nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of
being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too
young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.
It is becoming more apparent that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for
older adults. The WA State Council on Aging recognizes May 2018, as the Older Americans
Month and wish to recognize how older adults in our area are engaging with friends and family,
and through various community activities. Throughout the month, senior organizations will
conduct activities and share information designed to highlight local programs that encourage our
seniors to Engage at Every Age. For instance, Mona Ray Fish, age 87, has been active at
the Toledo Senior Center for thirty-three years! She is currently volunteering full-time at
the new thrift store, A Second Time Around Thrift, that benefits the five senior centers
and one nutritional site in Lewis County, WA.
We encourage you to get involved by joining ACL and AoA in celebrating by participating in the
Selfie Challenge! They want to see how you’re engaging. Simply take a selfie or have someone
take your photo and tweet it with the hashtag #OAM18.