May is Older Americans Month, a time to show appreciation for and reflect upon the value older Americans bring to our lives.
Older Americans Month was established in April 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. During that year, just 17 million Americans were recognized, this year we celebrate the lives of more than 35 million Older Americans.
This year’s theme, Older Americans: connecting the community, emphasizes the important role that seniors play in our communities and the importance of communities in the lives of Older Americans. The Administration on Aging is having a little fun with the theme by inviting seniors and community members across the country to participate in a video challenge and a video game tournament. How far we’ve come since 1963.
The Older Americans Month proclamation identifies three ways communities can provide recognition and respect to Older Americans by enriching the quality of their lives:
- Increasing their opportunities to remain in their communities as active and engaged citizens.
- Providing services, technologies, and support systems that allow seniors to foster and maintain connections within the community.
- Emphasizing the value of elders by publicly recognizing their contributions to the diversity, strength, and unity of our community.
The Harmony team honors the Older Americans of our country and would like to recognize the value they bring to our lives every single day. We are proud to provide software that helps Older Americans age in their homes enabling them to strengthen and enrich the quality of live in our communities.
To learn more about Older Americans Month, visit: www.olderamericansmonth.org.