Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age
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 make 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 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 where or when 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.
It is becoming more apparent that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for older adults. Locust Grove Village, a continuing care retirement center in La Crosse will use OAM 2018 to focus on how the elders in our Village are engaging with friends and family, and through various community activities. Throughout the month, Locust Grove Village will conduct activities and outreach programs to enhance sharing across the generations and with the greater community.
Events planned at Locust Grove Village include the Community Food Drive taking place throughout the month, May 1-31. Our team, residents, family and guests are invited to donate food items or monetary donations for the community food pantry.
A number of intergenerational activities are planned with the La Crosse school district.
May 3rd ~ La Crosse Grade School 3rd Graders will be here to present their Wax Museum Project at 2:00 PM
May 9th ~ Bingo with Lacrosse 6th Grade Class.
May 14th ~ La Crosse 2nd Grade students and residents Cake Walk in the LGV Dining Room.
May 17th ~ Kid’s Fun Day ~ Following the final dismissal of the school year, LGV will be the epicenter for the Lacrosse students. Carnival games, snacks and fun across the Village!
Locust Grove Village encourages all to join in the celebration of OAM and engage at any age by participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!