Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). In 2022, ACL will be focusing on aging in place – how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.
We’re going to be discussing how planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place – emphasizing that what each person needs and prefers is unique.
St. John’s Community Care’s theme will be
“Aged to Perfection!”
A special worship service will be held on
Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 am.
St. John UCC
307 West Clay Street in Collinsville, IL.
The service will be followed by a luncheon.
There is no charge to attend.
We welcome our families and the community to join us in a day to honor and thank our older adults for the value they bring to our communities.
Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can make sure we have enough lunch prepared for guests.
Celebrating Older Americans Month.
St. John’s is also planning activities throughout the month with our family caregivers and participants in our Adult Day centers.
A Little History – In 1963, President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens met to address the growing concerns of America’s 17 million individuals ages 65 and older. At the time, one-third of all seniors lived in poverty with few social programs available to help support them.
To raise awareness of the problems facing seniors and to honor them, then-President Kennedy and the Council proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month.
Senior Citizens Month Becomes Older Americans Month
Two years later, in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Older Americans Act of 1965 and formally declared May as Older Americans Month. But the act did much more than raise awareness or encourage community involvement – although it did both of these things well.
Johnson took Kennedy’s proclamation and intentions a step further by taking action that resulted in positive change, financial assistance and federal support for older Americans.
The Older Americans Act:
· established the Administration on Aging, the first federal agency designed to address the struggles of older Americans
· introduced nutrition programs, transportation assistance, federally funded adult day care, legal assistance and other services for seniors.
· paved the way to passing the Medicare program to offer health care to seniors
Older Americans Month in the Recent Past
The proclamation didn’t end with Johnson, either. Every president since has offered a formal proclamation declaring May as a time to remember and honor older Americans. Communities organize events, fairs, and fundraisers focusing on seniors.