Letter: Celebrating Older Adults Month
Among many other events, May is also Older Adults Month. Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans. Older Americans Month is our chance—in each our own way—to show our appreciation and support of our older adults as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.
The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community—pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared stories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.
Bay Aging is extremely grateful for the many ways the older adult community helps enrich the lives of others. They deliver meals to the frail and elderly homebound, drive people to treatment facilities, provide counseling, share their creative talents with others at adult day care and senior centers, mentor and tutor young people, with TRIAD they help local law enforcement make our communities safer, check on neighbors who are frail or alone, make life beautiful by planting gardens filled with flowers and vegetables. Older adults serve on our advisory board and board of directors by providing guidance and insight that help us meet the needs of our communities.
In 2010, Bay Aging Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s roster of 838 older adult volunteers donated 62,547 hours of service—a savings of $1,305,105 to the region’s taxpayers.
Of course, older adults provide invaluable expertise to many other organizations throughout the area. So please help us celebrate Older Americans Month! Join your neighbors to not only recognize what older citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.
Senior VP, Bay Aging