Each May, older adults (not sure what an older adult is though, lol) across the country are honored for their contributions to our nation during “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail”, emphasizing the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.
You’re never too old to be a trailblazer and help enrich others people’s lives. This applies to older adults and to people of all ages! Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate Older Americans Month:
“The Health Benefits of Volunteering” report by The Corporation for National and Community Service, found that adults who volunteer had a more active lifestyle, both physical and mentally, and reduced the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and depression.
Our AAHAM volunteers certainly put this practice to good use. We have great volunteers who graciously give of their time and talents and truly help define the spirit of AAHAM. Our younger members who volunteer are creating an excellent foundation that will serve them later in life.
Share Your Talents
Our AAHAM members share their breadth of knowledge with others in our organization and their facilities. They are excellent examples of generosity. During this month you may also think about sharing your talents. If you have special hobby or skill, consider sharing your interests with others. You’ll be surprised at what you can share that others will appreciate.
This is what makes attending an ANI so valuable; you may meet someone from another chapter who needs to tap your chapter’s expertise. Sharing your talents is very gratifying.
Try a New Activity
In honor of Older Americans Month, consider attending an activity that you don’t normally attend. Try a new fitness class. You may be surprised to discover you actually enjoy it!
A quick scan of a newspaper’s community calendar offers endless options of activities taking place in around your city. Author book signings, art gallery exhibits, outdoor group fitness classes and music/food festivals offer opportunities to take a step outside your comfort zone.
Older adults continue to blaze trails and impart their life experiences on the younger generation. This May and beyond, we encourage everyone to continue shattering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be an older adult.