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OUR AGING PUZZLE

Older Americans Month: Celebrating Aging Unbound

Updated: Jun 5, 2023


May is Older Americans Month —this a time for us to recognize the invaluable contributions and successes of older citizens especially those who have served in the military. Every US president since Kennedy has issued a proclamation in honor of Older Americans Month, which is celebrated with ceremonies, events, and fairs.


The 2023 theme, “Aging Unbound,” highlights the diverse experiences of aging, helps us get rid of stereotypes, and shows how society benefits when seniors stay involved, independent and part of our communities.


To help seniors, look around your community and find ways to get involved! Volunteering can be a great way to show your support for seniors. Consider volunteering at a nursing home or helping with a home delivery meal program, here is a good organization – while providing meals for those in need, you'll also be helping to bring comfort and joy to seniors who are isolated in their homes. Or, take a senior for a walk or sit with your older neighbors and provide them with some support, companionship and friendship. Together, we have the power to support and create a community that we can be proud of as we age.


We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the elderly people in our community, and DG Incorporated honors their service, time, wisdom, recognize their efforts, and champion their well-being.

"To seniors everywhere in our nation, we are here for you."



 

Entrepreneurs Tip:


Recognizing the intersection of Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

We continue to urge all small business owners to be aware of the stress of juggling both work and home tasks. To prevent physical and mental exhaustion, establishing boundaries, such as designated business hours, is crucial. Taking steps to ensure in receiving the mental health care we need can be beneficial to both the owner and the company as a whole. If you feel mental fatigue, There may be resources that can help you.

Improving the lives of millions of older adults, particularly those who are facing difficulties, is not simply a job for an aging services professional - you can participate too.

We should all strive to ensure that everyone is able to live and age with dignity, purpose, and economic security.


 

It's never too late to begin living a better and healthier life!

Eating, exercising, utilizing stress-reducing techniques and socializing can have a positive effect on your physical, mental and overall health. Consider these 4 things to live longer and live better.


Diet

Eating a variety: Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is important for promoting good health. Additionally, limiting your consumption of processed and fast foods, sugary drinks, and alcohol can have positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing.


Exercise

Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. According to the 2022 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, older adults should do two types of physical activities each week to improve their health—aerobic and muscle-strengthening.


Reduce Stress

It is essential to look after your mental wellbeing as much as you do your physical health by:

  1. Eating healthily

  2. Exercising

  3. Getting enough sleep

Don't forget to take care of your mind!


Socialization

Having a good support system of compassionate and understanding individuals can be beneficial for maintaining a positive attitude and a healthy mental state. Invest in your social life by forming strong connections with friends and family.


 

This 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month is a celebration of our nation's elderly citizens.


As community workers, we can reflect internally on, and explore with you, the invitations of OAM 2023:

  • Embrace opportunities for change; try new approaches and activities that bring growth, energy, and joy, without accepting age as an inherently limiting factor.

  • Explore the rewards of growing older, such as insight and confidence; seek ongoing opportunities to increase experience and knowledge.

  • Become or remain engaged in our communities through activities such as volunteering, mentoring, participating in local groups or organizations, for instance, AmeriCorps. We all benefit when each of us is connected and involved.

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