Older Ohioans’ diversity, values, insight, and experiences throughout their lives have helped to shape their communities. When empowered to connect with friends and families, as well as to local services and resources, older adults continue to thrive. When they are able to create and contribute to their neighbors, economy, and society, our state is better for it.
We invite you to join us in celebrating older Ohioans during Older Americans Month through May. The 2019 theme for Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create, Contribute.”
Connect: Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
When they are able to connect with friends and family, older adults continue to play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods and the lives of their neighbors. Staying connected and involved also reduces isolation, prevents abuse and neglect, and leads to better emotional and physical health. Communities are stronger when they support and recognize the importance of including older adults in everything they do.
Create: Engage in activities that promote leaning, health, and personal enrichment.
Our older population is diverse, and so are their creative contributions. They are writers, singers, actors, artists, teachers, planners, and idealists. They build buildings and tear down walls. Their creativity allows their minds to continue to grow while feeding the minds and stoking the interests of others. A lifetime of creativity gives us the ability and opportunity to build our skills, explore new ideas, enhance our understanding, and enrich our lives.
Contribute: Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Older adults contribute in many ways. They remain in or return to the workforce to help drive our economy forward. They support vital organizations within their communities and our state through volunteer service. They are mentors and teachers for all ages. They advocate for and educate their peers and others to make decisions that will lead to better lives. They help where and when needed and serve as examples for the rest of us to follow.
Each day during May 2019, a different Ohio government leader offered a special video message for older Ohioans. Speakers included Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governer Jon Husted, and members of the Governor's cabinet and Ohio's General Assembly.
View all the video greetings in the archive...
We want to see images that show how you and your older loved ones and neighbors continue to connect, create, and contribute in your communities. Snap a selfie or have someone take your picture then post your image to social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtags #OAM19 and #OhioSeniorsRock.
Encourage your peers to do the same and you might just gain a little inspiration from others.
We'll look for posts with these hashtags and share them on our social media, so post early, post often!
Learn more about Older Americans Month from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.