COLUMBUS – May is Older Americans Month andthe Ohio Department of Aging has declared the theme for this year’s observance as, “Loving Life, Helping Others, Supporting Communities.”
The celebration is observed each May across the nation as a time to celebrate the contributions seniors make to their communities. The ODA establishes a theme each year to promote awareness of issues unique to this age group and to help local organizations plan events throughout the state.Older Americans Month was established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens. Every president since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. The observance is sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
“Ohio communities are like families in many ways, and just as older Ohioans are the foundations of their families, they also can be the cornerstones of their communities, serving as leaders, mentors and role models,” said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. “This theme emphasizes that seniors can live full and satisfying lives and make the state a better place through caregiving, volunteerism, employment and family and community leadership.”
Throughout the state, Senior Citizens Day will be observed May 20. As a tie-in to Older Americans Month, the Department of Aging will also induct a new group of outstanding Ohioans into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, as well as recognize a number of dedicated family members who selflessly provide care for aging loved ones at a special ceremony on May 22.