Celebrate Older Americans Month
Now is the time to celebrate aging. When the pages of the calendar turn to May my heart leaps. As a result of a meeting in President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” While the designation is now Older Americans Month the sentiment is clear it’s time to #AgeOutLoud.
Add Your Voice
Sooner or later each of us recognizes the benefits of aging. Perhaps it’s when we celebrate becoming a teen, earning a driver’s license, or reach adulthood at age 21. For many, celebrations take on less meaning as they age. In reality, it is the opposite. With each passing year and decade, many of begin realizing how lucky we are to celebrate another birthday. If you have survived a life-threatening illness or injury I encourage you to add your voice and use the #AgeOutLoud. Likewise, if you get to be 40, 50, 60 and above use the hashtag to claim what aging looks like today.
Manifesto on Aging
Recently, in my Manifesto on Aging I wrote, “It’s my mission to create awareness and acceptance aging as a part of living.” With this intention, #AgeOutLoud means aging is the part of our personal journey. While in the past youth was the time for experimentation. Today, aging gives us the opportunity to continue discovering and exploring.
Currently, I am the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. My claim to fame? First gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Another accomplishment? Freewheeling After Sixty the first book to make it easier for older adults to give up driving. Lastly, this summer I’ll be speaking at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging on Let’s Talk Sexy: It’s Part of Aging.