Friday, May 13, 2016

May is Older Americans Month

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Blaze a Trail,” The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts.

In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages. 

While Dove Inc. RSVP of Macon and DeWitt Counties provides older American’s 55 years of age or older volunteer opportunities year-round, we will use OAM 2016 to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own. Throughout the month, RSVP will share information designed to highlight local volunteer stations and share some amazing volunteer stories. We encourage you to get involved by calling RSVP in Macon County at 217-428-6616 or in DeWitt County at 217-935-2241

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