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Posted on: May 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Older Americans Month

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Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2020 is "Make Your Mark."  

This theme was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some ideas generated by the ACL may not be possible at this time. Please adjust any of your activities to follow the guidelines set forth by your local health officials. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy while still making your mark. In the spirit of this theme, here are a few ways to make your mark this May and all year long:

  • Volunteer your time. Local schools, shelters, food kitchens, and hospitals always need support. Help a neighbor by prepping a meal, picking up groceries, or giving them a ride. Or, take time to pass on your knowledge. Why not tutor a student who could use extra help in math, music, or science?
  • Share your story. There are so many ways to do this, from showing your grandkids around your old neighborhood to writing a book. Take a class and learn how to express yourself with the arts! Or, assemble a photo album of important moments in your life.
  • Get involved in your neighborhood. Join a homeowner or resident association, organize a block party, or sign up for a book club or other social group. Have a green thumb? Small projects like planting flowers in your yard or cleaning up the community park have a big impact.


Get ideas on socializing, exploring, unwinding, and connecting while still under guidelines and restrictions by local health officials. 

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