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Celebrating Older Americans Month With Homebound Seniors

User Category: PolicyOn: May 7, 2012

Older American Month 2012

In May, we celebrate Older Americans  Month – a tradition dating back to 1963 that recognizes the important contributions of our nation’s senior citizens.

 This year’s theme, “Never Too Old to Play!” encourages productive aging and promotes activities that keep older adults in control of their own lives and involved with their communities. The Administration on Aging notes, “Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country... Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.” According to the American Psychological Association, nearly one-half of adults over age 85 live alone and need assistance with everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and housework. This population of older Americans is increasing faster than any other group, which presents many opportunities for you to help seniors age-in-place at home, within their communities. Older Americans Month is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for homebound seniors living in your community and to lend a helping hand to a senior in need. By volunteering your time and support, you can help people live longer, healthier lives. So what can you do for a homebound elder in your community? Here are some simple ways to support Older Americans Month with an elderly friend or relative:
  • Help deliver food to homebound seniors
  • Spend time visiting with a homebound senior and doing something you both enjoy (watching classic TV shows, knitting, playing cards, etc)
  • Assist with home repair, shopping, or errands
  • Offer to transcribe letters or help the person fill out paperwork
  • Escort the person to medical appointments
  • If you’re far away, make a phone call to the senior and spend some time reminiscing about fun vacations, their first job, or a first love
  • Volunteer as a Friendly Visitor and make weekly visit to engage isolated seniors in face-to-face conversation and provide companionship
For more ideas on how to get involved with Older Americans Month online and in your community visit: We are two weeks into Older Americans Month -- How are you working to honor and recognize older Americans in your hometown?