“Get into the Act” in Celebration of Older Americans Month

— Written By Trudy Pickett and last updated by

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.

By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” The Lenoir County Council on Aging provides Senior Services Centers in both Kinston and Pink Hill, providing meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services and recreation activities in a warm, friendly social setting to older adults year-round. Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

Throughout the month, Lenoir County Council on Aging will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to access their programs and services designed for older adults and their caregivers.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

On Monday May 4, Lenoir County Commissioners adopted a proclamation declaring May “Older Americans Month” in Lenoir County. Mineko Holloway, COA executive director, read the Proclamation, which urges every resident to take time this month to celebrate older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community.

County Commissioners were invited to “Get Into The Act” in support of Older Americans in our community by attending a picnic and Information Fair on May 11 from 11:00-2:00 at the Kinston Nature Center. Call the Council on Aging in Lenoir County, 252-527-1545 to register and for information about other events scheduled in the county during May.

Picnic and Information Fair May 11, 11:00-2:00 Kinston Nature Center

Senior Appreciation Day May 13, Woodmen Community Center

Elder Abuse Awareness Walk, June 15, 11:00 Veterans Home

Call 252-527-1545 to register for these events.