Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2021 is "Communities of Strength."
In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we've seen this time and again as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other.
In our community, older adults are a key source of this strength. Their experiences, successes, and difficulties have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.
Strength is built and shown not only by bold acts, but also in the small ones of day-to-day life—a conversation shared with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for a cup of tea on a busy day. And when we share these activities with others, even virtually or by telling about the experience later, we help them build resilience too.
This year, we will celebrate OAM by encouraging grantees and participants to share some of their experiences. Together, we can find strength and create a stronger future. Here are some ways to share and connect:
Please join us and your fellow SCSEP grantees in strengthening our community. If you were interested in promoting Older Americans Month, the ACL has materials available on its Web site that are free to use, including logos, posters, and similar items.
Similarly, if you have a story to share, we would be happy to link to it on this page. Please send any stories to the SCSEP TA mailbox at: SCSEPTechnicalAssistance@dol.gov.