2018 Older Americans Month theme: Engage at Every Age

Members | March 26, 2018 | by

The Administration for Community Living is pleased to announce the 2018 Older Americans Month theme, Engage at Every Age. ACL has produced materials, activity ideas, and resources to help you get ready for Older Americans Month.

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The Administration for Community Living is pleased to announce the 2018 Older Americans Month theme, Engage at Every Age, which emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.

ACL has produced materials, activity ideas, and resources to help you get ready for Older Americans Month. These materials can be used to promote and celebrate this year's theme, Engage at Every Age.Visit the official Older Americans Month website for logos, posters, badges, buttons, banners, a sample article and a sample proclamation on Older Americans Month.  To start promoting online, use the official hashtag #OAM18.

 

Here are several ways to celebrate this year’s theme, Engage at Every Age, through stories.

  • Interview community members who exemplify what it means to Engage at Every Age. Try for a mix of individuals, such as older public servants, elder rights advocates, back-to-schoolers, or people trying new careers. Everyone has a story. Interviews can be shared as written pieces or videos.
  • Arrange for older adults to share or read stories. Call a community or senior center about a joint effort—perhaps they’d like older adults to share their skills or experience in a workshop. Alternatively, see if a local school would like to host a “Senior Day” where older adults speak to students. Or, contact libraries about older adults reading to young children.
  • Arrange for local school students to interview residents of a retirement community, assisted living community, or nursing home, and write a short biography. Plan a program for the residents and other members of the community at which the students read aloud their stories. Invite your local newspaper, local blogger, or radio station to attend.
  • Ask your social media followers to share their wisdom, tips, and stories online—either using a unique hashtag or by posting to a page or forum you manage. If you take this approach, be sure to provide guidance, such as length or word limits, what you’d most like to hear, and a contact person for questions.
  • Invite community members to a special event celebrating Older Americans Month. This could be a sit-down meal, a networking gathering, or a special program like storytelling. Invite a leader or similar keynote speaker from your community to give remarks. If you plan activities that will result in proceeds (e.g., raffle), think about donating the funds to a local charity or program that supports older adults.
  • Plan a day or half-day gathering for older adults who want to give back. There are numerous options for activities, from picking up litter or gardening in public areas to collecting clothing and food donations for those in need.
  • Coordinate a resource fair, class, workshop, or lecture on one of the many topics covered by this year’s theme. You could center the gathering on maintaining health and independence with a class on balance and strength or consider teaching a group or community members about finding local resources, engaging through technology, or starting a new career or hobby.

No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. The Administration for Community Living and LeadingAge hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!