Older Americans Month 2020 - Make Your Mark


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 2020 theme for Older Americans Month is “Make Your Mark”

Local Events

Each year, organizations around the state host local events to celebrate Older Americans Month. Events include luncheons, outings, health and information fairs, volunteer drives, and more.

Plan your community event and add it to our list...


Older Americans Month 2019


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...

Create: Engage in activities that promote leaning, health, and personal enrichment.

Older Americans Month 2019 - Create: Engage in activities that promote learning, 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 Americans Month 2019 - Contribute time, talent, and life experiences 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.