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May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans - Connecting the Community, Logo for Older Americans Month

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Older Americans: Connecting the Community. This theme pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. It also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

The Administration on Aging offers a number of tools for groups wishing to celebrate Older Americans Month , including a logo, a poster, a sample article for newsletters, and a sample proclamation: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Observances/2011/Older_Americans.aspx.

The highlight is a Wii bowling tournament to be held at senior centers throughout the country, called the Community Connection Video Game Tournament.  Winners from each participating center will be recognized by the A0A.  More information about the Wii tournament can be found at http://olderamericansmonth.org/.  In addition, there is an intergenerational video challenge to creatively demonstrate the role of older Americans in connecting the community.

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