Older Americans Month spotlights role of older adults

To the editor:

May is Older Americans Month and the week of May 7 is designated as a time of national recognition for the Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps volunteers under the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. These national recognitions commemorate the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

The older Americans’ theme for 2012 — “Never Too Old To Play” — puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing the history of our communities through their experience, wisdom and understanding and passing on that knowledge to other generations through service activities and in a variety of other significant ways.

Lifelong participation in social, cultural, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits. Studies show that 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. We as a nation have many reasons to show appreciation for the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through their participation in family, social, faith groups, service organizations, arts and recreational activities.

—Mary E. “Becky” Beckman, Director

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