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. Aging Well Jefferson County 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, Aging Well and other community partners will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight the many services and resources available to older adults in Jefferson County. We encourage you to get involved by visiting us at www.jeffco.us/Aging-Well or connect with us on Facebook: @JeffcoAgingWell.

Aging Well in Jefferson County is a strategic planning project focused on developing and implementing strategies to create inclusive, livable communities through sustainable partnerships and integrated services. The Social & Civic Engagement Workgroup is one of six Workgroups addressing all aspects of life of aging residents in Jefferson County.