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Older Americans Month 2020: Make Your Mark

Wednesday May 13, 2020

Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors, and advocates.

They offer their time, talents, and experience to the benefit of our communities.  For 57 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been a special time to recognize these contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM also provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and materials to help communities support and celebrate their citizens. This year’s OAM theme, Make Your Mark, highlights older adults’ unique and lasting contributions to their communities — everything from sharing a story with grandchildren to leaving a legacy of community action. This year, making your mark looks a little different due to COVID-19. Here are a few ways to still Make Your Mark:

Share your story. Learn to Zoom to connect with your family, assemble a photo album of important moments in your life or write a journal to document your life with important dates. Write down your favorite recipes for each of your grandchildren or special traditions. Below you will find a list of questions that will lead to some great memories and make for great conversation:

  • What is your full name, and what are the names of your parents and siblings? 

  • How did your parents choose your name, and does it have a special meaning? 

  • Did you have any nicknames? 

  • When and where were you born?

  • When and where were your family members born? 

  • What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young? 

  • Who were some of your friends, and what are your fondest memories of spending time with them? 

  • What schools did you attend?

  • How did you meet your spouse?

  • Who proposed and how? 

  • When and where were you married? 

  • Where were all of your children born? 

  • What are some special memories you have about your children? 

  • Where have you lived? 

  • Who have you worked for, and what jobs did you do? 

  • Has faith or religion played a role in your life?

  • What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life? 

  • What are your favorite holiday memories and traditions?

  • What are some of your favorite things (such as favorite colors, flowers, books, songs, foods, or pets)?

  • What trips or vacations do you remember, and which one was your favorite? 

  • What experiences in your life have molded you into the person you are today?

  • What are your favorite things to do now?

Make your mark

Connect with other Older Americans. During this time of social distancing, make a list of people and connect with them. Write a letter, send a card or make a phone call. Your connection can make a big difference in the lives of others, especially during this time of social distancing.

Communities that support and include all their members are stronger. Please join Area Agency on Aging Region 3C in strengthening our community - please take time today and Make Your Mark.

We celebrate you always and even more so this month!