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Celebrating Older Americans Month: Powered by Connection

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, 

only 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthday. 

Now, there are approximately 62 million people aged 65 or older.  

If you are not one of those 62 million, it’s likely that you are caring for one. 

As we commemorate Older Americans Month, let's take time to recognize the significant contributions of older adults and the caregivers who support them. Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been celebrated every May to recognize older Americans' contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to supporting the older adults in our communities. 

This year’s theme, "Powered by Connection," focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections have on well-being and health — a relationship underscored by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community. By recognizing and nurturing the role that connectedness plays, we can mitigate issues like loneliness and enhance the mental, physical, and emotional well-being for people of all ages.

Here's how you and your employer company can contribute to recognizing Older Americans Month and supporting caregivers: 

  1. Spread Awareness: Educate others about the mental, physical, and emotional health benefits of social connection, especially for older adults and caregivers. 

  2. Promote Engagement: Encourage participation in activities and events that facilitate connections among older adults and caregivers, such as joining a club, participating in a community activity, or taking a class. 

  3. Facilitate Access to Services: Connect older adults and caregivers with local resources and services that can address barriers and provide essential support systems.

  4. Give Back: Stay engaged by volunteering, working, teaching, or mentoring, contributing to the well-being of older adults and caregivers alike.

  5. Invest in Relationships: Dedicate time to building and nurturing relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, fostering deeper connections and enriching the lives of those around you.

By fostering a culture of connection and support, both employers and individuals can contribute to the well-being and quality of life of older Americans and their caregivers, not just during Older Americans Month but throughout the year. With a myriad of in-person and virtual opportunities, there's a program to fit everyone's individual needs.

Whether you are a family caregiver or an employer, contact Mellie today to learn more about how we can connect you and the older adults in your life to activities and services for engagement, connection, and support.


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