For 50 years, we have celebrated and honored the achievements of our nation’s older adults during the month of May. This proud tradition was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy who designated May as Senior Citizens Month and encouraged the country to pay tribute to older adults. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Unleash the Power of Age!”—emphasizes the important role of older adults. This May, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active, and influential members of society.
While Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation.
What can you do to provide opportunities for elders to come together and share their experiences with one another, or with individuals of other generations? It could be as simple as having dinner with your grandparents! Over 65 yourself? Gather your friends together to celebrate yourselves this month!
Read the Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels Older Americans Proclamation.