Across the country, older Americans are taking part in activities that promote an active lifestyle, fitness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
For 55 years, Older Americans Month has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved. No matter your age or lifestyle, you are never too old to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
It is widely known that remaining socially engaged and physically fit can improve your quality of life as you age. Engaging in social and productive activities, like joining an exercise class or volunteering in your community, may help to support your healthy aging and foster a positive attitude. In fact, research shows that people who exercise regularly and maintain an active lifestyle are less likely to develop certain diseases, have a longer lifespan, are happier and better prepared to cope with loss.
Are you ready to begin? May, with cool mornings and comfortable days, is the perfect time to get moving outside for a more active lifestyle. Becoming more active is not about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years!