Here in Brown County, we have nearly 60,000 adults over the age of 60. In other words, an estimated 22% of our total population is (hopefully) enjoying, or nearing retirement!
60 years holds so many memories, dreams, challenges, and changes of seasons. Through laughter and tears, celebrating the big and small things, and grieving what was lost, older adults in our community contain an abundance of experience and knowledge. Those over 60 have learned so much and passed on the wisdom they’ve gained through their trials and triumphs – through the trails they’ve blazed, the voices they’ve shared, and the love they’ve given.
One thing we like to highlight annually in May (and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year) is Older Americans Month (OAM)! Established in 1963 and led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Americans over 60, highlighting important trends and strengthening our commitment to honoring our 60+ 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.
This May, join us 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. Invite creativity and purpose into your life by trying new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy, and energy.
Explore the Rewards of Growing Older
With age comes knowledge, which provides insight and confidence to understand and experience the world more deeply. Continue to grow that knowledge through reading, community events, classes, and creative activities.
Stay Engaged in Your Community
Everyone benefits when 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.
As an essential ingredient of well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life by introducing new ideas and unique perspectives. Invest time with people to discover deeper connections with family, friends, and community members.