Older Americans Month—Seniors get playful

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated May as Older Americans Month, originally called Senior Citizens Month.  It was in 1963, that President John F. Kennedy dedicated the month to celebrate, integrate and advocate for seniors.  

The Administration on Aging has themed this year’s observance, “Never Too Old to Play.” Across the country, communities will reach out to its citizens to host activities that are not only enjoyable, but demonstrate that aging can be positive, energetic and fulfilling.

Through events celebrated this month across the nation, seniors will display their exuberance, wisdom and joy of living. The McAuley at The Mercy Community in West Hartford, Conn.,  has a number of special events planned from a wellness fair to a picnic to entertainment, this CCRC has it covered. The month kicked off with a demonstration of the healing benefits of sound using Tibet bowls and Qigong therapy. Using the energy and vibration of sound, this therapy can relax, provide better sleep and reduce pain in some individuals.

You still have time to show your community that the elderly do not just sit on gliders to watch the world pass them by. They were and continue to be part of the parade.

What are you doing to observe Older Americans Month?

Topics: Advocacy