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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. JABA will use OAM 2018 to focus on how older adults in our area are engaging with friends and family, and through various community activities. Throughout the month, JABA will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight our programs and services.
 
In celebration of Older Americans Month we are asking people to share their wisdom, tips, and stories about how to Stay Engaged ( in their life, and their communities) as they age. These can be a list of tips, some bullet points, or a paragraph or two (or three) that tells a story. We are also asking that participants include a recent photo of themselves doing an activity they love. Please help us show how older Americans in our region are staying active and inspiring others!
 
Please send your stories and photos, and any questions you might have, to David McNair at dmcnair@jabacares.org before May 15. #OAM18

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