Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age

May 01, 2018

Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

For fifty-five years, Older Americans Month has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, every May offers and opportunity to hear from, support and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

It is becoming more apparent that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for older adults. The Long Beach Island Health Department encourages you to be well, reinvent yourself and give back.

Be well: It is never too late to get more active or revamp your diet. Small things can lead to huge differences in the way you feel and the way your body works. For example, walk for 10 minutes in the morning and the afternoon, sign up for a tai chi class, or make an appointment with a nutritionist to discuss a healthful diet. Remember to always consult with your doctor before making changes.

Reinvent yourself: Whether you are planning for retirement or simply looking to get involved in new activities, start by thinking about your skills, dreams and passions. Consider a new career, express yourself through the arts or keep learning and growing by taking a class.

Give back: Consider using your years of experience to serve others. Volunteers meet a range of community needs, from mentoring at-risk youth to providing job training to helping families recover from disasters. Connect with a local senior center, community college or library to find programs in your community.

 No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. Join in and “Engage at Every Age.”

Visit the LBI Health Department on Facebook or at lbihealth.com.

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