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Celebrating Older Americans Month in Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 28 March 2012

“Never Too Old to Play!” is this year’s theme for Older Americans Month, an annual tradition that began in 1963 and is sponsored by the Administration on Aging (part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). In the month of May, assisted living communities, service organizations, social and faith groups, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to celebrate seniors in a spirited way.

According to the AOA site, the theme “puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.”

Many assisted living communities will take advantage of the opportunity to honor their residents during the month of May, offering special programs that draw in family, friends, volunteers, and the extensive network of individuals (doctors, nurses, transportation services, therapists, oxygen suppliers, designers, vendors, home care agencies, and more) who go in and out of its doors every day.

It may still be March, but the time for preparing your community celebration is now. Find a fun way to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of local seniors in assisted living and elsewhere today: go to the AOA site to download a logo; print posters, sample proclamations and articles to publicize the event; and learn about the history of Older Americans Month.

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  1. Tony Rovere says,

    This is something that can also used for physical therapy.

    I have seen that not all of the patients at assisted living or nursing homes are overly excited about P/T. After all, when the body is breaking down…that’s not the time many of these people want to start the repair process.

    It is far more difficult for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, who don’t understand the significance and importance of the physical therapy.

    But if you can make movement fun, then it is no longer a game…it’s therapy.

     

    on 29 March 2012 / 9:11 AM

     
  2. Great points and observations, Tony. It makes me think of play therapy, a specialty I only recently heard about as I was researching resources for our family (we’re adopting internationally). Why not try play therapy with older adults?

    Excellent idea — love your last sentence especially. Right on.

     

    on 29 March 2012 / 9:53 AM

     
 

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