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May is Older Americans Month

This year’s theme—‘Never Too Old to Play!’

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April 24th, 2012

Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month a proud tradition that shows our nation s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 is Never Too Old to Play! Throughout the month of May, events will spotlight the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways. Celebrations will recognize the value seniors bring to our nation through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities.

Life-changing contributions

Today, an increasing number of people age 60-plus are making significant contributions to the nation through their involvement in community service groups, faith-based organizations, and arts and recreational clubs. This kind of lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activity has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. Seniors are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show that intergenerational interactions with family, friends, and neighbors enrich the lives of everyone involved. This is especially true for young people. Teens who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots. To learn more about Older Americans Month 2012, contact your local Area Agency on Aging by visiting eldercare.gov or calling 1-800-677-1116.

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