Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness 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 (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers an opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter when or where you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.
The Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and Washoe County Senior Advisory Board use OAM 2018 to focus on how older adults in our area are engaging with friends and family and through various community activities. Throughout the month, we’ve organized over 60 activities and events designed to highlight local programs and resources. Events include many social and recreation activities and presentations from legal, health care and service providers. You can take guided nature walks and visit local museums on free days. You can meet with mayors, council members and commissioners at their hosted events. In mid- April, our OAM event booklet will be available online and at senior centers, libraries and other sites in Washoe County.
We kick off OAM with Opening Ceremonies on May 1, at 9 a.m. with our annual Information Fair, where you can engage with over 40 local service providers in our area. You are sure to find a volunteer opportunity and discover services that you, your friends or family can use. You can connect to veterans’ services, social services or fun activities around our community. At 10:30 a.m., Washoe County Manager, John Slaughter will greet everyone with a welcome message, followed by a special lunch at 11:15 a.m.
This year, Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors will be a community wide Drive-by Donation event on May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. where you can drop off items at Greater Nevada Field to stuff an RTC bus full of items for needy seniors. We accept donations of new items including jackets, sweatshirts and pants, bus passes, cleaning supplies, adult diapers, hygiene produces, and gift cards. Distribution of items will take place on May 21, at Washoe County Senior Center on 9th Street. One small donation makes a gigantic difference in the lives of those seniors.