LifeStream Services is joining organizations all across the county to celebrate “Older Americans Month” with our “Do Something Nice Today” campaign, which focuses on honoring older adults for their contributions to society.
WHAT IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH?
In April 1963, President Kennedy met with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, a time when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday, a third of those lived in poverty, and few programs existed to meet their pressing needs. This meeting led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the precursor to “Older Americans Month.” Today, that number has increased to over 50 million.
Every president since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation declaring the month of May as a time for the nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities, to acknowledge the valuable contributions of those past and current to our country, particularly those who defended our country.
The overall goal of “Older Americans Month” is to celebrate the values older adults bring to our lives, encourage older adults to remain active in their communities, and to increase awareness of activities, programs, and services that help them live healthy, independent lives.
IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH STILL RELEVANT TODAY?
“Older Americans Month” is still relevant today. By 2040, the 65 and older population is anticipated to grow to around 82.3 million, which will be nearly 22% of the total population. In 2020, LifeStream touched the lives of nearly 20,000 older adults and people with disabilities by helping them remain independent through our programs and services. As this demographic grows, LifeStream’s role in our communities will continue to expand as our services are increasingly needed.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
Our “Do Something Nice Today” campaign will focus on honoring older adults for their contributions to society. As we thank them for the trails they blazed for the next generations, here are some ideas for you to do something nice today for your older adult friends and neighbors:
- Give a potted plant
- Pull weeds
- Deliver a freshly made meal
- Send a “Thinking of you” card
- Pick up and color a spring coloring card
- Call just to chat (Learn more at our Volunteer page.)
Brighten a senior’s day by coloring a spring card. The cards will be delivered to homebound seniors who have spent much of the past year alone. Coloring cards will be available for pick up during two drive-through events at LifeStream Services’ office at 1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Yorktown, IN 47396 on the following dates:
- Monday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Thursday, May 13 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For those unable to attend a drive-through pick up, cards are available to print below. The finished cards can be returned by mail or placed in the drop box outside of the Yorktown office. Deadline for their return is May 20.