May is Older Americans Month

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life in which interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the best way possible. More than ever before, older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence and passion that serves as an inspiration to people of all ages.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Skydiver in a cloudHillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole.

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95-years-old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May — the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).

Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support and recognize our nation’s older citizens.