Aging unbound: Challenging the narrative on aging

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Aging unbound: Challenging the narrative on aging
Stay active by participating in your community and cultivating new relationships. (File Photo)
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By Pamela Austin

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is cele- brated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living, OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.

This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.

Join us this month as we recognize the 60th anniversary of OAM and challenge the narrative on aging. Here are some ways we can all participate in Aging Unbound:

Embrace the opportunity to change

Find a new passion, go on an adventure and push boundaries. By not letting age define your limits, you can invite creativity and purpose into your life. Trying new activities in your community will bring more growth, joy and energy.

Explore the rewards of growing older

With age comes knowledge. Growing older provides insight and confidence to understand and experience the world more deeply. Continue to grow through reading, listening, classes and creative activities. Visit your local recreation center to participate in programs for adults 55 and up.

Stay engaged in your community

Everyone benefits when they are connected and involved. Stay active by volunteering, working, mentoring, participating in social clubs and taking part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community.

Form relationships

An essential ingredient to well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life.

By introducing new ideas and unique perspectives, you may discover deeper connections with family, friends and community members.

In celebration of Older Americans Month, we invite you to join us for the Senior Health & Fitness Fair at the Lee Center today. On May 25, we will host a community cookout at Mount Vernon Recreation Field. And on May 30, join us for the Age of Love movie screening at the Lee Center.

For more information and to register for the events, visit www.alexandriava.gov/aging or call 703-746-5999.

The writer is the resource coordinator for the City of Alexandria’s Division on Aging and Adult Services.

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