Older Americans Month 2017: 'Age Out Loud'
Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:14

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to.

For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

May is Older Americans Month, and Pulaski County Human Services will lead local efforts to celebrate the contributions of older adults.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary 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 the nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.

Pulaski County Human Services, Inc.  will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in the community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts. The rest of the community can also use this opportunity to learn how they can best support and learn from the community’s older members.

Throughout the month, Pulaski County Human Services, Inc. will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight its programs and services. The public is encouraged to get involved by finding out what the community has to offer at the annual Health and Resource Fair, Wednesday, May 31from 9 am to 11 a.m., followed by a picnic open to all senior citizens and the volunteers and agencies who provide services in the county.

Organizations wish to reserve a booth to share information should do so by May 25. Sign up for the picnic by May 25 by calling 5749466500 or 2198435600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it