Along with a host of well-known holidays like Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, and some other not-so-well-known holidays like National Escargot Day and Lumpy Rug Day (sounds like a great hiding place for the escargot!), May was Older Americans Month. Among other days for recognizing seniors, this month rounded out the holidays with National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 31. Here at Senior Lifestyle, we love to celebrate our seniors in any way possible, and regardless of what our residents at Senior Lifestyle communities chose to celebrate, they did so in style!
In 2017, Older Americans Month focused on the theme “Age Out Loud.” Seems quite fitting when one considers just how much our seniors have to say! Not so long ago, aging was seen as a passive activity, something that just took its course. Not so today; with seniors staying active far later into life and partnering with health care professionals to take an active role in their care, the face (and voice) of aging is changing. Senior Lifestyle strongly supports the new look of aging with programs designed to keep our residents engaged in whatever form of activity they enjoy.
What exactly does Age Out Loud mean? For many seniors, it means advocating for themselves and others, remaining engaged in their communities, and sharing wisdom won by years in the workforce by mentoring younger people. For others, Age Out Loud is about physical and mental fitness, and a conscious decision to stay active. Aging Out Loud promotes a sense of purpose and pride for seniors, and quite often changes others’ attitudes toward seniors in their community.
Having just ended Older Americans Month, why not make a personal choice to Age Out Loud? Get involved, take an active role in your care, pick up or continue a beloved hobby, or just make your goal one of increased social activity. Looking to learn more about how we “Age Out Loud” at Senior Lifestyle? Check out the Senior Lifestyle website for a community near you and add your voice to the growing number of seniors who are actively choosing what aging looks like.