Older Americans Month, May 2015: “Get into the Act”

by | Apr 28, 2015

Visit the Auburn Senior Center this May to “get into the act” in Auburn. We have lots of opportunities this month including health screenings, exercise programs, a program by Herb Crehan who has written for the Red Sox official program Red Sox Magazine for 20 season “Celebrating 20 Years with the Red Sox” Thursday, May 7th at 10:00am
In “Celebrating 20 Years with the Boston Red Sox” author Herb Crehan recounts the 20 seasons he has spent writing for the team’s official program, Red Sox Magazine. movies, wellness workshops, and presentations by the Auburn Fire Department, Auburn Police Department and Social Security. There will also be Square Dancing event on May 11th at 1pm where you can learn to square dance or just enjoy the live music and refreshments.

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.

By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” While the Auburn Senior Center provides programs and information to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.