To the editor:
May is Older Americans Month, a proud tradition that shows our nation?s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans.
The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 "Never Too Old to Play," spotlights the spirited participation of people in their sixties, seventies, and beyond who remain active and engaged in social and faith groups, service organizations, sports, the arts, and countless other activities that enrich their lives and their communities.
As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, many communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults, many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show that people over age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups.
Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots.
While Community And Seniors Together provides services, support, and resources to older Americans year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation for some of our most beloved citizens. We have many reasons to celebrate them!
C.A.S.T. invites you to join in the fun! Phone us at 507-354-3212, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, pick up our newsletter at area businesses or learn about our activities at newulmseniors.org. And be sure to ask about our new Lifelong Learning Institute with classes beginning in September 2012.
Program Director, CAST