Older Americans Month (OAM), recognized every May, is a time to acknowledge the contributions of older persons, past and present, to our country. We celebrate this observance across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other activities. Annually, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) chooses a theme and leads the nation’s observance of OAM.
When OAM was established, just 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. Today that number is 54.1 million!
At the time, one-third of all older adults lived in poverty and there were few social programs available to help them.
President John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens in April of 1963. As a result, May was designated “Senior Citizens Month”
The theme for 2022 is “Age My Way” and focuses on aging in place. Although many people think aging in place isn’t relevant to them, that couldn’t be further from the truth! As people, we all have at least one thing in common. We grow a little older each day! So when we create a community that allows for successful aging, an Age-Friendly Community, we all win!
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Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 28 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.