May is Older Americans Month (OAM). The Administration for Community Living (ACL) established this honor to recognize and celebrate the older generation of Americans.
This year’s OAM theme is “Age Out Loud.” It is a reminder that seniors are staying active and independent longer and longer—and they want their voices to be heard!
Celebrating the Seniors in Your Life
Want to make your senior family members feel special? Here are five ways that you can celebrate them during OAM this May:
1. Join them in a favorite activity. The next time you visit with your elder family members, plan to take part in an activity they enjoy. Depending on their fitness level, you might have to lace up your sneakers and try to keep up! Does your senior have limited mobility or prefer activities that are more low-key? No problem! You can still spend time with them as they participate in a quiet hobby and enjoy some pleasant conversation. Either way, you’ll both enjoy the chance to catch up with each other.
2. Enjoy a meal together. Mealtime has long been a popular way for families and friends to spend quality time together. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, choose a meal that is convenient for you to savor slowly in each other’s company. You can do this at a restaurant of the senior’s choice, where you can focus on enjoying the food and conversation. Or you can stay at home and prepare a meal together using favorite family recipes.
3. Share family stories. Your older family members have lived a long time. They have probably seen and experienced many things in life. That’s why many of our elders are such wonderful storytellers! Encourage your senior loved one to share a favorite story or two from their past. Whether it's a tale you've heard countless times or a new one based on treasured memories, listen carefully. There’s much to learn from seniors’ wisdom and experiences.
4. Volunteer for their favorite cause. What causes does your senior family member care about? Find a charitable organization they support in the local community. Join them in volunteering for that purpose. You'll both feel great helping others! If your senior isn’t as active as they’d like to be, you can still give back on their behalf. Consider making a small donation in their name to their favorite non-profit organization.
5. Call them or write them a letter. Of course, if you live far away from the elders in your family, you might not be able to spend time with them as much as you’d like. You can still honor them during OAM by keeping in touch. Call them on the phone for a nice chat. Better yet, write them a letter! Remember, your elder family members lived long before the digital age. They’ll be thrilled to communicate once again in such a simple way—and maybe you will, too!
Seniors Are Living and Staying Active Longer
Seniors are living longer, active lives. That’s why it’s important to celebrate them during Older Americans Month this May. Whether it’s a fun weekend visit or a quick phone call, take some time to celebrate your elder family members. Let them know how special they are to you!
Randall Residence Celebrates Seniors Every Day
With communities in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, Randall Residence proudly honors seniors every day. Call the Randall Residence nearest you to schedule a private tour to see our commitment to older adults firsthand!