Each May, Older Americans Month serves as an opportunity to recognize the countless ways in which seniors contribute to our communities. This year’s theme, Make Your Mark, highlights the unique and enduring contributions older adults make to society.
Older Americans make their marks every day as employees and employers, parents and grandparents, and mentors and advocates. By sharing their time, wisdom, and experience, they quietly go about benefiting their families, neighborhoods, and towns.
Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge seniors’ contributions for 57 years. Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance also provides resources to help older adults remain healthy and independent, as well as materials that help communities support and celebrate their citizens.
In the spirit of this year’s theme, here are some ways older adults can make their marks this and every year.
Schools, shelters, food kitchens, and hospitals within your community can always use volunteer support. Why not assist a neighbor by prepping an evening meal, picking up groceries, or offering them a ride? Or take time to pass on your knowledge by tutoring a student who needs tutoring in math, science, or other subjects.
Share Your Story
Whether it’s showing your grandkids around your childhood neighborhood, regaling friends with anecdotes from your past, or assembling a photo album of memorable moments, you can pass on your life’s legacy to other generations.
Being active in your community can have a significant impact. Think about getting involved in your homeowners’ or residents association. Organize a block party. Join a book club or other social group. Help clean up the community park. All those activities are ways for you to make your mark.
NOTE: COVID 19 restrictions may require limiting or modifying some of the suggested ways to make your mark. Be sure to follow all guidelines in your area when planning any Older Americans Month activities.