Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around East Cobb County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity.

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations and with investments in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.

This year’s OAM theme: Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family and local services and resources.
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.

Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in strengthening our community – this May and throughout the year. Visit the official website acl.gov for ideas and inspiration and follow ACLGov on Twitter and Facebook.

This article originally appeared in our May issue of EAST COBBER, on page 56. Click here to view the digital edition.