By: Sydney Morehart

The month of May is dedicated to celebrating Older Americans. Since 1963, the month of May focuses on the commitment and contributions older Americans have made to our country.

This year’s theme is “Never Too Old To Play”, which encourages seniors to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and community. The U.S. Administration on Aging provides a website with ideas for older Americans on ways to stay engaged, which not only improves memory function, but also helps improve spirits. Consider hosting a Day of Play with team tivia, photo scavenger hunt, painting, or your favorite card games.

For more active options, consider visiting your local community center or YMCA for a variety of group fitness classes. For more information, click here for Denver YMCA.

If fitness classes or charades aren’t for you, what about volunteering? The Senior Corp was created to harness the experience of older Americans to help them help their community. The Senior Corp connects those over the age of 55 with children and young adults in need of a mentor through the Foster Grandparent Program, or the Senior Companion Program pairs seniors together. The RSVP Program pairs seniors with skills (managing a house, mechanic, business, nurse, farmer – just about everything) up with charities and non-profits in their community looking for volunteers with specific skill sets. For more information, click here for Senior Corps.

However you or your loved one likes to spend time, remember You’re Never Too Old to Play. Happy Older Americans Month!

For more information on the U.S. Administration for Older Americans, click here.